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People who compete in long-distance events like cycling and marathons usually want to look and feel strong when they cross the midpoint of the race. They know they still have a long road ahead, and if they are properly prepared, it is likely that they will finish the second half at a faster pace. For our list of internet stocks today, we used that middle marker as an analogy to find companies that appear to be in good condition for further growth. To find stocks of this nature, we scanned for impressive profitability that has increased over time as well as projected EPS growth rates above 25% for the coming year. If you are an investor who likes internet stocks, you will find the list below worthy of further research.

EPS growth (earnings per share growth) illustrates the growth of earnings per share over time. EPS growth rates help investors identify stocks that are increasing or decreasing in profitability. This profitability metric is generally a key driver in the price of the stock as it directly correlates to the profitability of the company as a whole.

The Net Margin is a profitability metric that illustrates, by percentage, how much of every dollar earned gets turned into a bottom-line profit. This is just one of many profitability metrics used by investors and analysts to better understand what the company is being left with at the end of the day. Generally, a firm that can expand its net profit margins over a period of time will see its stock price rise as well due to the trend of increasing profitability. Net Margin = Net Income/Total Revenue

EPS growth (earnings per share growth) illustrates the growth of earnings per share over time. The 1-Year Expected EPS Growth Rate is an annual growth estimate, where the growth projections are made by analysts, the company or other credible sources.

We first looked for internet stocks. We next screened for businesses that have strong profitability (1-year fiscal EPS Growth Rate>10%) (Net Margin [TTM]>10%). We next screened for businesses that have expected earnings per share growth of more than 25 percent for next year (1-year projected EPS Growth Rate>25%). We did not screen out any market caps.

Do you think these stocks are worth more than the market currently says? Please use our list to assist with your own analysis.

1) Baidu, Inc. (BIDU)

SectorTechnology
IndustryInternet Information Providers
Market Cap$40.11B
Beta1.79

BIDU stock chart

Key Metrics

Earnings Per Share Growth Rate88.08%
Net Margin46.45%
1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate33.12%
Short Interest2.73%

Baidu, Inc. provides Internet search services. The company offers a Chinese language search platform on its Website, Baidu.com; and a Japanese language search platform on its Website, Baidu.jp. Its search services enable users to find relevant information online, including Web pages, news, images, documents, and multimedia files through the links provided on its Websites. The company was formerly known as Baidu.com, Inc. and changed its name to Baidu, Inc. in December 2008. Baidu, Inc. was founded in 2000 and its headquarters is in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

2) Bankrate, Inc. (RATE)

SectorTechnology
IndustryInternet Information Providers
Market Cap$1.12B
Beta-

RATE stock chart

Key Metrics

Earnings Per Share Growth Rate52.37%
Net Margin10.05%
1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate29.11%
Short Interest11.08%

Bankrate, Inc. publishes, aggregates, and distributes personal finance content on the Internet. The company distributes its content and rate information through its online network consisting of Bankrate.com, its flagship Website that aggregates rate information on approximately 300 financial products, and other personal finance Websites; provides Web services to approximately 75 co-branded partners comprising personal finance sites on the Internet; and licenses editorial content to approximately 100 newspapers on a daily basis. The company was founded in 1993 and its headquarters is in North Palm Beach, Florida.

3) Interxion Holding NV (INXN)

SectorTechnology
IndustryInternet Information Providers
Market Cap$1.52B
Beta-

INXN stock chart

Key Metrics

Earnings Per Share Growth Rate26.10%
Net Margin13.44%
1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate26.40%
Short Interest0.66%

InterXion Holding N.V. provides carrier-neutral colocation data center services in Europe. It enables its customers to connect to a range of telecommunications carriers, Internet service providers and other customers. The company's data centers act as content and connectivity hubs that facilitate the processing, storage, sharing and distribution of data, content, applications, and media among carriers and customers. The company was founded in 1998 and its headquarters is in Schiphol Rijk, the Netherlands.

4) Blucora, Inc. (BCOR)

SectorTechnology
IndustryInternet Information Providers
Market Cap$731.83M
Beta1.27

BCOR stock chart

Key Metrics

Earnings Per Share Growth Rate224.14%
Net Margin13.57%
1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate79.66%
Short Interest2.61%

Blucora, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides white label search and monetization solutions to Web publishers worldwide. The company also operates its own branded search sites, including Dogpile, a metasearch engine, as well as MetaCrawler and WebCrawler. The company was formerly known as InfoSpace, Inc. and changed its name to Blucora, Inc. in June 2012. Blucora, Inc. was founded in 1996 and its headquarters is in Bellevue, Washington.

5) Bitauto Holdings Limited (BITA)

SectorTechnology
IndustryInternet Information Providers
Market Cap$207.37M
Beta-

BITA stock chart

Key Metrics

Earnings Per Share Growth Rate102.69%
Net Margin11.86%
1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate43.48%
Short Interest0.11%

Bitauto Holdings Limited provides Internet content and marketing services for the automotive industry, primarily in the People's Republic of China. It operates in three segments: Bitauto.com Business, Taoche.com Business, and Digital Marketing Solutions. Bitauto Holdings Limited was founded in 2000 and its headquarters is in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

Company profiles were sourced from Google Finance and Yahoo Finance. Financial data was sourced from Finviz on 10/18/2012.

Source: 5 Internet Stocks Looking Strong In Profits And Growth