3 Stocks Driving The Internet Industry Higher

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 78 points (0.4%) at 17,726 as of Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,060 issues advancing vs. 970 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Internet industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.7%. Top gainers within the Internet industry included Professional Diversity Network ( IPDN), up 2.2%, Taomee Holdings ( TAOM), up 2.8%, SMTP ( SMTP), up 3.4%, Rediff.com India ( REDF), up 2.8% and Spark Networks ( LOV), up 2.9%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

SMTP ( SMTP) is one of the companies that pushed the Internet industry higher today. SMTP was up $0.21 (3.4%) to $6.45 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 26,909 shares of SMTP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.39-$6.46 after having opened the day at $6.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.24.

SMTP, Inc. provides Internet-based services to facilitate email delivery worldwide. It offers services to enable businesses of various scales to outsource the sending of outbound emails. SMTP has a market cap of $31.3 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 344.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates SMTP a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates SMTP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SMTP go as follows:

  • SMTP's revenue growth trails the industry average of 27.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.0%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • SMTP 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. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 7.05, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for SMTP INC is currently very high, coming in at 80.99%. Regardless of SMTP's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SMTP's net profit margin of -6.00% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • SMTP 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. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SMTP INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.42 versus $0.35 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: SMTP Ratings Report

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At the close, Taomee Holdings ( TAOM) was up $0.11 (2.8%) to $4.00 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,400 shares of Taomee Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.90-$4.11 after having opened the day at $3.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.89.

Taomee Holdings Limited operates as a children's entertainment and media company in the People's Republic of China. It operates through two segments, Online Business and Offline Business. Taomee Holdings has a market cap of $141.2 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 23.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Taomee Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Taomee Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TAOM go as follows:

  • TAOM 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. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.53, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 28.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 14.4%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • TAOMEE HOLDINGS LTD -ADR 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, TAOMEE HOLDINGS LTD -ADR reported lower earnings of $0.15 versus $0.23 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 146.7% in earnings (-$0.07 versus $0.15).
  • 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 Software industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 338.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.34 million to -$0.82 million.

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

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Professional Diversity Network ( IPDN) was another company that pushed the Internet industry higher today. Professional Diversity Network was up $0.11 (2.2%) to $5.04 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,799 shares of Professional Diversity Network exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.50-$5.04 after having opened the day at $4.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.93.

Professional Diversity Network, Inc. operates online professional networking communities with career resources in the United States. Professional Diversity Network has a market cap of $60.1 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Professional Diversity Network a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Professional Diversity Network as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IPDN go as follows:

  • 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 266.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.13 million to -$0.49 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 Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, PROFESSIONAL DIVERSITY NETWK'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 -$0.77 million or 2161.76% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The share price of PROFESSIONAL DIVERSITY NETWK has not done very well: it is down 11.74% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • PROFESSIONAL DIVERSITY NETWK 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past year. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, PROFESSIONAL DIVERSITY NETWK swung to a loss, reporting -$0.23 versus $0.27 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.19 versus -$0.23).

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Professional Diversity Network Ratings Report

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