March 26, 2012, 2:52 PM

E-retailers outpace the broader stock market

The Online Retail Index gained 0.66% last week.

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Investors reacted favorably to Inc.’s purchase of Kiva Systems Inc., boosting Amazon’s stock by 7.7% last week over the prior week. Amazon is No. 1 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide.

Kiva sells robotic warehouse technology that automates much of the fulfillment process. Kiva’s robots use software that instructs them how to find ordered products on portable racks and bring them to warehouse pick-and-pack stations.

Overall, the Online Retail Index increase of 0.66% last week bested the broader market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average decreased 1.15% and the Standard & Poor’s 500 decreased 0.50% last week.



The Online Retail Index tracks 25 publicly traded e-retailers and e-commerce technology providers.

Following are the best-performing stocks last week in the Online Retail Index and the percentage increase in stock price for each:

• Netflix, 9.7%

• Amazon, 7.7%

• Bluefly, 6.1%

• United Online, 4.8%

• Overstock, 4.2%

Following are the Online Retail Index stocks that performed least well last week and the percentage loss in stock price for the week:

•, -12.9%

• Groupon, -5.9%

• NutriSystem, -5.7%

• Coastal Contacts, -4.1%

• Keynote Systems, -2.1%

The 25 companies in the Internet Retailer Online Retail Index are: Inc., Akamai Technologies, Inc., American Greetings Corp., Inc., Blue Nile Inc., Bluefly Inc.,Coastal Contacts Inc., Digital River Inc., eBay Inc., eGain Communications Corp., Groupon Inc., Keynote Systems Inc., LivePerson Inc., Netflix Inc., NutriSystem Inc., Inc., PetMed Express Inc., Shutterfly Inc., Systemax Inc., U.S. Auto Parts Network, United Online Inc. (owner of, ValueClick Inc., Vistaprint Ltd and Inc.

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