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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 130.01 points (-0.7%) at 17,372 as of Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,012 issues advancing vs. 2,094 declining with 118 unchanged.

The Internet industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.9%. Top gainers within the Internet industry included LookSmart ( LOOK), up 16.1%, Spark Networks ( LOV), up 1.7%, GrubHub ( GRUB), up 1.7% and Twitter ( TWTR), up 6.5%.

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

GrubHub ( GRUB) is one of the companies that pushed the Internet industry higher today. GrubHub was up $0.62 (1.7%) to $37.77 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,571,308 shares of GrubHub exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,354,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.37-$37.93 after having opened the day at $37.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.15.

GrubHub has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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At the close, Spark Networks ( LOV) was up $0.06 (1.7%) to $3.56 on average volume. Throughout the day, 51,770 shares of Spark Networks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 61,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.46-$3.58 after having opened the day at $3.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.50.

Spark Networks, Inc. provides online personals services in the United States and internationally. It operates in four segments: Jewish Networks, Christian Networks, Other Networks, and Offline and Other Businesses. Spark Networks has a market cap of $87.1 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 0.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Spark Networks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Spark Networks as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LOV go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.46 million or 107.56% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • LOV's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 41.96%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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.
  • 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, SPARK NETWORKS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 28.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 13.6%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • LOV 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. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.85 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.

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

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LookSmart ( LOOK) was another company that pushed the Internet industry higher today. LookSmart was up $0.13 (16.1%) to $0.93 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 31,601 shares of LookSmart exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.75-$0.93 after having opened the day at $0.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.80.

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 $5.0 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 20.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 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 36.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.95 million to -$1.30 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.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 61.98%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 27.77% 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's earnings per share declined by 27.8% in the most recent quarter compared to 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.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 28.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 20.1%. 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: LookSmart Ratings Report

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