Top 10 Best Performing Internet Stocks of 2005
2005 was a good year to be long Internet advertising and online gambling. 3 of the year's Top 10 performers, including the top 2, provide online advertising services to corporate clients, while 2 operate online gambling sites (3 if you consider online trading to be online gambling).
Unlike the boom years, 2005 did not see any 1,000% returns, or for that matter any 200% returns which makes it one of the first years not to see any real breakout performances. Still, the Top 10 prove that if you get it right on the Internet you can still make a mint.
The only real requirement to be part of this list is that the company had to start 2005 with at least $50M in market cap and its business had to be focused on the Internet. So, without further ado, here are the Top 10 Best Performing Internet Stocks of 2005:
Price Change : 182% Ticker :AQNT
Comment : Combine Avenue A with online ad agency Razorfish and what do you get? A pure play on online advertising services firm which, thanks to the booming Internet advertising market, had a great 2005.
- Digital Impact
Price Change : 146% Ticker :DIGI
Comment : Online direct marketing pioneer snapped up by Acxiom in May after its fortunes rebounded on strength of online advertising market.
Price Change : 119% Ticker : NFLX
Comment : Pioneer of DVD rental subscription business that consolidated market position in 2005 after buying out Wal-mart's business and beating back a feeble challenge from Blockbuster.
Price Change : 115% Ticker : GOOG
Comment : King of online search business continued torrid growth pace in 2005. Flush with cash and possibilities, but market cap now exceeds $120BN. A couple more years like this and it would usurp market cap king MSFT.
Price Change : 113% Ticker : REDF
Comment : India's largest online portal saw stock price soar in 2005 along with rest of Indian stock market.
Price Change : 110% Ticker : NLR.L
Comment : The PayPal of online gambling saw market cap surpass $1BN as it turned in 100% Y/Y growth and net profit margins in excess of 50%.
Price Change : 86% Ticker : SBT.L
Comment : The Internet's largest (by volume) online gambling operation increased its size with the acquisition of #3 online poker site in late 2004 but is issuing shares like crazy.
- The Street.com
Price Change : 77% Ticker : TSCM
Comment : Stock soared at end of year on takeover speculation of the now "pure play" media company.
- 24/7 Real Media
Price Change : 70% Ticker : TFSM
Comment : Online ad-network player saw shares improve throughout the year thanks to strong growth of online advertising and increasing enthusiasm for 24/7's strong exposure to Asia.
Price Change : 69% Ticker : AMTD
Comment : The largest online trading firm saw steady improvement in revenues and profit margins despite a flat market thanks to highly scaled position and dominance of active trader market segment.
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