Wall Street analysts expect that Sohu.com Ltd – (NASDAQ:SOHU) will post earnings of ($1.50) per share for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Zero analysts have provided estimates for Sohu.com’s earnings. Sohu.com posted earnings per share of ($1.85) in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year-over-year growth rate of 18.9%. The business is scheduled to issue its next quarterly earnings report before the market opens on Monday, July 30th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Sohu.com will report full-year earnings of ($5.49) per share for the current financial year. For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the company will post earnings of ($2.90) per share, with EPS estimates ranging from ($5.32) to ($0.48). Zacks’ EPS averages are a mean average based on a survey of analysts that that provide coverage for Sohu.com.

A number of research firms have weighed in on SOHU. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Sohu.com from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 30th. BidaskClub raised shares of Sohu.com from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 9th. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of Sohu.com from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 2nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and four have issued a hold rating to the company’s stock. Sohu.com presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $58.50.

In other news, major shareholder Group Ltd Photon purchased 96,225 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, April 30th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $30.60 per share, with a total value of $2,944,485.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 7,819,045 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $239,262,777. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CEO Charles Zhang purchased 128,940 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 1st. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $30.89 per share, for a total transaction of $3,982,956.60. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 68,700 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,122,143. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders acquired 491,665 shares of company stock worth $16,492,387 over the last ninety days. Insiders own 21.07% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in SOHU. Bank of New York Mellon Corp bought a new position in shares of Sohu.com during the fourth quarter valued at about $209,000. Geode Capital Management LLC lifted its position in shares of Sohu.com by 26.5% during the fourth quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 42,819 shares of the information services provider’s stock valued at $1,855,000 after purchasing an additional 8,977 shares in the last quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. bought a new position in shares of Sohu.com during the fourth quarter valued at about $3,091,000. Guggenheim Capital LLC lifted its position in shares of Sohu.com by 22.0% during the fourth quarter. Guggenheim Capital LLC now owns 91,846 shares of the information services provider’s stock valued at $3,981,000 after purchasing an additional 16,533 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Westpac Banking Corp lifted its position in shares of Sohu.com by 92.3% during the first quarter. Westpac Banking Corp now owns 39,380 shares of the information services provider’s stock valued at $1,218,000 after purchasing an additional 18,900 shares in the last quarter. 61.84% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of Sohu.com stock traded down $0.91 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $30.53. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 599,409 shares, compared to its average volume of 474,481. Sohu.com has a one year low of $26.70 and a one year high of $70.86. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.27 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of -3.48 and a beta of 1.18. The company has a current ratio of 2.20, a quick ratio of 2.20 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.07.

About Sohu.com

Sohu.com Inc provides online media, search, and game services on personal computers (PCs), mobile devices, and tablets in the People's Republic of China. The company operates sohu.com, which provides online news and information; Sohu News APP, a mobile phone application, as well as m.sohu.com mobile portal; tv.sohu.com that offers online video content and service, as well as Sohu Video APP, a mobile phone application; and focus.cn, which provides online real estate information and services.

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