Qihoo (QIHU) Sales, Search Gains Fuel Stock

on March 05, 2013

Chinese Web search and security company Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU) is expected to report today that the company’s Q4 revenue rose 50% to $93.7, Investor’s Business Daily reported.

Wall Street sees Qihoo posting Q4 earnings per share minus items of 17 cents. That's down 15% from 20 cents in the year-earlier quarter. That would mark the first year-over-year earnings decline in seven quarters, though EPS has fallen sequentially the prior three quarters.

Qihoo runs a popular browser in China, and last summer it introduced a search engine that's been gaining market share and is seen as a challenger to Baidu (BIDU). Qihoo's search engine likely has seen its market share increase slightly from about 10% at the end of 2012 to about 12% now. Some reports have suggested that those market share gains have come at the expense of Google (GOOG), which used to be Qihoo's default search engine.

Qihoo shares are up 20% this year, including 2.2%% on Monday to close at 32.75, close to its recent highs. Qihoo has surged 123% from Oct. 2, while Baidu is down 26% and Google up 31%.

QIHU is a Cabot Chna & Emerging Markets Report stock.

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