IAC/InterActiveCorp Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of IAC/InterActiveCorp. (NAS: IACI) rallied more than 15% in early trading on huge second-quarter earnings gains that blew away Wall Street estimates.

So what: Revenue surged 23% to $485.4 million while adjusted earnings rose more than 150% to $0.62 a share. Analysts were expecting $463.4 million and $0.40 a share, respectively, according to Yahoo! Finance data.

Now what: Who says Google (NAS: GOOG) and Microsoft's (NAS: MSFT) Bing have cornered online search? IAC's search business, which includes Ask.com and Dictionary.com, grew 28% year-over-year and accounted for roughly 52% of revenue. The Match.com dating site and related business grew 20%. A sharp decline in shares outstanding helped boost earnings, but that doesn't diminish IAC's top-line gains. Chairman Barry Diller is rightly crowing at the performance today, telling investors in the quarterly conference call that IAC is "in the best shape we've ever been." Do you agree? Disagree? Let us know what you think about IAC/InterActiveCorp's business using the comments box below.

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