3 Internet Stocks Driving The Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 141.38 points (-0.8%) at 17,673 as of Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,370 issues advancing vs. 1,694 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Internet industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.5%. Top gainers within the Internet industry included Geeknet ( GKNT), up 1.8%, CafePress ( PRSS), up 2.3%, MeetMe ( MEET), up 8.3%, Points International ( PCOM), up 5.1% and eLong ( LONG), up 2.4%.

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

MeetMe ( MEET) is one of the companies that pushed the Internet industry higher today. MeetMe was up $0.12 (8.3%) to $1.57 on average volume. Throughout the day, 301,769 shares of MeetMe exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 280,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.42-$1.57 after having opened the day at $1.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.45.

MeetMe, Inc., a social media technology company, owns and operates social discovery networking products in the United States. MeetMe has a market cap of $66.4 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate MeetMe a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MEET go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $0.47 million or 50.99% 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 gross profit margin for MEETME INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 9.78%. Despite the low profit margin, it has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, MEET's net profit margin of 0.44% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • MEET'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 38.00%, 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, MEETME INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • MEETME INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, MEETME INC reported poor results of -$0.29 versus -$0.18 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.12 versus -$0.29).

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

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At the close, CafePress ( PRSS) was up $0.05 (2.3%) to $2.32 on light volume. Throughout the day, 56,982 shares of CafePress exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 104,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.11-$2.33 after having opened the day at $2.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.27.

CafePress Inc. operates an e-commerce platform enabling customers to shop, create, and sell various customized and personalized products worldwide. CafePress has a market cap of $39.4 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate CafePress a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates CafePress 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 PRSS 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 & Catalog Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 105.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$3.12 million to -$6.41 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 & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, CAFEPRESS 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 -$5.61 million or 2100.00% 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 65.87%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 105.55% 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.
  • CAFEPRESS 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, CAFEPRESS INC reported poor results of -$0.78 versus -$0.01 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.26 versus -$0.78).

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

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Geeknet ( GKNT) was another company that pushed the Internet industry higher today. Geeknet was up $0.14 (1.8%) to $7.80 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 25,797 shares of Geeknet exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.45-$7.85 after having opened the day at $7.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.67.

Geeknet, Inc., through its subsidiary, ThinkGeek, Inc., operates as an online retailer for the global geek community in the United States. Geeknet has a market cap of $51.1 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 7.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Geeknet a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Geeknet 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 poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GKNT go as follows:

  • GEEKNET 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 year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GEEKNET INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.03 versus $0.26 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 1533.3% in earnings (-$0.49 versus -$0.03).
  • 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 & Catalog Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 98.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.44 million to -$2.85 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 & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, GEEKNET INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$12.77 million or 38.00% 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 gross profit margin for GEEKNET INC is rather low; currently it is at 20.92%. Regardless of GKNT's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, GKNT's net profit margin of -12.79% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

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

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