Baidu Rolls Out a New Service to Boost Sohu, Netease and Other Hot Sites

Baidu Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU), China’s biggest search engine, is rolling out a service to search micro blog posts. This search was integrated with Baidu’s webpage service this week and supports the micro blogs of Tencent, NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES) and Sohu (NASDAQ:SOHU). However, the name prominently missing here is Sina’s (NASDAQ:SINA) Weibo — the most popular micro-blogging service in China (NYSE:FXI).

Are there shades of Google-Twitter here?

You may recall in July Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) suspended its 2009 deal with Twitter for a Realtime Search feature that accessed Twitter’s content. The company said, “while we will not have access to this special feed from Twitter, information on Twitter that’s publicly available to our crawlers will still be searchable and discoverable on Google. Our vision is to have google.com/realtime include Google+ information along with other realtime data from a variety of sources.” This prompted TechCrunch’s Semil Shah to comment that sites such as Twitter and Quora are providing alternate search streams and sealing off user data sought after by Google. We’ll see if Bidu is worried about the same issue.

Here’s how these stocks closed the week:

  • Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU): The shares recently traded at $143.18, down $0.32, or 0.22%. Its market capitalization is $49.97 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $94.33 to $165.96. Volume today was 4,675,321 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 10,054,900 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 55.32, while trailing earnings are $2.59 per share. About the company: Baidu, Inc. operates an Internet search engine. The Company offers algorithmic search, enterprise search, pay for performance and news, MP3, and image searches. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Netease.com Inc. (NASDAQ:NTES): The shares recently traded at $47.90, up $0.07, or 0.15%. Its market capitalization is $6.26 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $35.20 to $55.00. Volume today was 707,503 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 1,014,040 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 13.99, while trailing earnings are $3.42 per share. About the company: NetEase.com Inc. is an Internet technology company that develops applications, services and other Internet technologies in China. The Company provides online gaming services thatinclude in-house developed massively multi-player online role-playing games and licensed titles. NetEase also provides free email and various channels of content, online advertising, search and community services. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ:SOHU): The shares recently traded at $60.93, down $0.72, or 1.17%. Its market capitalization is $2.33 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $46.35 to $109.37. Volume today was 755,448 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 1,882,170 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 14.00, while trailing earnings are $4.35 per share. About the company: Sohu.com Inc. operates an Internet portal in China. The Company’s Web site consists of Chinese language Web navigational and search capabilities, Web-based communications services, and a platform for e-commerce services. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Sina Corp. (NASDAQ:SINA): The shares recently traded at $83.10, up $0.84, or 1.02%. Its market capitalization is $5.45 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $56.25 to $147.12. Volume today was 3,570,640 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 6,602,620 shares. The company’s trailing earnings are $-0.70 per share. About the company: SINA Corporation is a global Internet media company operating Chinese-language destination sites. The Company offers a network of branded content and services targeting people of Chinese descent worldwide. SINA.com offers online news, entertainment, community, and commerce through web sites that are produced and updated by local teams in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and North America. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): The shares recently traded at $596.14, down $1.36, or 0.23%. Its market capitalization is $193.08 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $473.02 to $642.96. Volume today was 2,835,379 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 3,672,410 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 20.32, while trailing earnings are $29.34 per share. About the company: Google Inc. is a global technology company that provides a web based search engine through its website. The Company offers a wide range of search options, including web, image, groups, directory, and news searches. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

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