Inc (SOHU),, Inc. (ADR) (BIDU): 3 Must-Watch Industries Hurting Your Investment

Coming in second is Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd (NYSE:QIHU) with about 12% of the search market. While that may seem like a huge difference, it’s not. About a year ago, Qihoo had 0% of the market share. So, the fact that the company came into this industry and zoomed past Sohu’s is nothing to sneeze at. As Qihoo looks to further increase its search market share, you can bet that is going to lose even more. Who knows, soon it’ll go from 5% to zip.

3. Online portal are evolving.
Now, it may seem that Sohu’s old bread-and-butter — it’s online portal business — may have something going for it. According to, Sohu ranks as the 10th most visited website in China. Unfortunately, Tencent and SINA Corp (NASDAQ:SINA) have even better online portals. Tencent’s is the second, while is fourth. .

That in and of itself may not mean much. But keep in mind that China is moving to mobile fast. Mobile penetration already outpaces desktop Internet penetration. Put it all together and you can see how Sohu is in deep trouble.

Unlike SINA and Tencent, Sohu doesn’t have a popular mobile channel.

SINA has its microblogging platform, Weibo, while Tencent has WeChat, a social network and communication app. Each of these platforms is reported to have at least 400 million registered users. With such great mobile adoption, Tencent and SINA will soon be able to offer content on mobile more easily. Once they do, Sohu investors may lose even more profits.

Is it time to buy?
Despite a 50% run-up in its stock over the past year, Sohu doesn’t seem to be “killing it” in any market. It has no competitive moat. So, if I were you, I’d sell a couple of Sohu’s shares and look closer into buying one of Sohu’s competitors.

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