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Internet Stock Update: October 2005

The Internet Stock Index was up a 3.5% in October vs. the NASDAQ's 1.5% decline. The average stock was down 3.2% though indicating that large caps had a much better month than small caps.  Real Networks was the month's big winner, up 36.6% thanks to a favorable settlement of its long-running suit with Microsoft which involved a very large cash payment to Real.  The month's big loser was UK-based online poker site Empire Online, down 38.8%, which saw its value crash when Party Poker decided to change the terms of a partnership between Empire and Party.

At a sector level, Information Services was the leading sector, up 12.7%, thanks largely to Google while Online Gambling was the worst performing sector for the 2nd month in the row down 15.3%.

There were no Internet related IPOs in October and the only M&A deal completed was Valueclick's acqusition of Fastclick.

For a detailed breakdown of all the stock statistics including a record of all of the M&A in the space, click here to download an Excel spreadsheet with the data and click here to get Microsoft's automatic stock quote downloading plug-in for Excel if you don't already have it.  The spreadsheet has been improved lately with detailed fundamental financial data and ratios for almost all of the stocks.

November 3, 2005 in Internet, Stocks | Permalink

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