3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Internet Industry

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One out of the three major indices traded up today Two out of the three major indices traded up today The three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 3.30 points (0.0%) at 17,812 as of Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,757 issues advancing vs. 1,268 declining with 146 unchanged.

The Internet industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Top gainers within the Internet industry included LookSmart ( LOOK), up 2.0%, Selectica ( SLTC), up 14.1%, Local ( LOCM), up 3.4%, Sify Technologies ( SIFY), up 1.9% and Rightside Group ( NAME), up 2.5%.

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

Local ( LOCM) is one of the companies that pushed the Internet industry higher today. Local was up $0.05 (3.4%) to $1.50 on light volume. Throughout the day, 45,013 shares of Local exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 81,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.46-$1.50 after having opened the day at $1.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.45.

Local Corporation, a technology and advertising company, provides search results to consumers who search online for local businesses, products, and services in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Paid Search and Daily Deals. Local has a market cap of $33.7 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Local a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Local as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LOCM go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for LOCAL CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 30.76%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -5.90% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • The share price of LOCAL CORP has not done very well: it is down 11.91% 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. 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.
  • LOCAL CORP 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 reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, LOCAL CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.30 versus -$0.52 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 3.3% in earnings (-$0.31 versus -$0.30).
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, LOCAL CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • LOCM, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 28.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.6%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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

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At the close, Selectica ( SLTC) was up $0.75 (14.1%) to $6.08 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,888 shares of Selectica exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.35-$6.09 after having opened the day at $5.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.33.

Selectica, Inc. provides cloud-based software solutions for companies in the United States, Canada, India, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Selectica has a market cap of $40.5 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 16.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Selectica a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Selectica as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, 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 SLTC 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 479.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.47 million to -$2.70 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$4.40 million or 58.19% 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 SELECTICA INC has not done very well: it is down 18.60% 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. 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.
  • SELECTICA 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SELECTICA INC reported poor results of -$3.10 versus -$1.67 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$1.24 versus -$3.10).
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, SELECTICA INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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

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LookSmart ( LOOK) was another company that pushed the Internet industry higher today. LookSmart was up $0.02 (2.0%) to $1.23 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,142 shares of LookSmart exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.21-$1.23 after having opened the day at $1.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.21.

LookSmart, Ltd. provides search and display advertising network solutions in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. LookSmart has a market cap of $7.3 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 41.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate LookSmart a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LookSmart as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LOOK 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 83.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.01 million to -$1.86 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, LOOKSMART LTD'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 -$1.06 million or 69.77% 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 39.43%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 77.77% 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.
  • LOOKSMART LTD 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, LOOKSMART LTD continued to lose money by earning -$0.93 versus -$1.92 in the prior year.

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

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