3 Stocks Pushing The Internet Industry Lower

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The Internet industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Laggards within the Internet industry included Professional Diversity Network ( IPDN), down 1.9%, Geeknet ( GKNT), down 2.6%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 4.1%, Taomee Holdings ( TAOM), down 2.1% and Local ( LOCM), down 3.5%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET) is one of the companies that pushed the Internet industry lower today. ChinaNet Online Holdings was down $0.04 (4.1%) to $0.88 on average volume. Throughout the day, 130,064 shares of ChinaNet Online Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 127,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.86-$0.93 after having opened the day at $0.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.92.

ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides business-to-businesses Internet services for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) sales networks in the People's Republic of China. ChinaNet Online Holdings has a market cap of $22.4 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 9.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates ChinaNet Online Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CNET go as follows:

  • CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS swung to a loss, reporting -$0.01 versus $0.13 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Media industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 2326.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.03 million to -$0.67 million.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 26.26%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -12.88% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.35 million or 213.45% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: ChinaNet Online Holdings Ratings Report

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