Trade-Ideas: Sohu.com (SOHU) Is Today's

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Sohu.com ( SOHU) as a "barbarian at the gate" (strong stocks crossing above resistance with today's range greater than 200%) candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Sohu.com as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • SOHU has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $20.7 million.
  • SOHU has traded 401,623 shares today.
  • SOHU traded in a range 222.9% of the normal price range with a price range of $3.91.
  • SOHU traded above its daily resistance level (quality: 33 days, meaning that the stock is crossing a resistance level set by the last 33 calendar days. The resistance price is defined by the Price - $0.01 at the time of the signal).

Stocks matching the 'Barbarian at the Gate' criteria are worthwhile stocks to watch for a variety of factors including historical back testing and volatility. Trade-Ideas targets these opportunities because the stock is exhibiting an unusual behavior while displaying positive price action. In this case, the stock crossed an important inflection point; namely, 'resistance' while at the same time the range of the stock's movement in price is more than twice its normal size. This large range foreshadows a possible continuation as the stock moves higher.

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More details on SOHU:

Sohu.com Inc. provides online media, search, gaming, community, and mobile services in the People's Republic of China. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Sohu.com a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Sohu.com has been 368,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Sohu.com has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the technology sector and internet industry. The stock has a beta of 2.02 and a short float of 5.1% with 2.97 days to cover. Shares are down 33.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Sohu.com 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, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • SOHU.COM INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SOHU.COM INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.47 versus $2.04 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 985.1% in earnings (-$5.10 versus -$0.47).
  • 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 Internet Software & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 290.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $21.63 million to -$41.09 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, SOHU.COM INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $4.65 million or 95.56% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 31.00%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 307.14% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.

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