Renren Inc Stock Upgraded (RENN)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Renren (NYSE: RENN) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Internet Software & Services industry. The net income increased by 435.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$9.33 million to $31.31 million.
  • RENN has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign.
  • 36.29% is the gross profit margin for RENREN INC -ADR which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, RENN's net profit margin of 125.18% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 8.15% over the past year. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, RENREN INC -ADR's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

Renren Inc. operates a social networking Internet platform in the People's Republic of China. Renren has a market cap of $1.23 billion and is part of the technology sector and internet industry. Shares are up 11.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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