It was quite the eulogy that The Wall Street Journal's James Altucher penned over the weekend.
In a column titled "The Internet Is Dead (As an Investment)," Altucher suggests that the Web's biggest players have been financial disappointments. Among the things he pointed out:
(NYSE:TWX)would rather keep its stodgy old media businesses over AOL.
(NYSE:NWS)is shaking up its MySpace-anchored online arm.
(NASDAQ:MSFT)continues to post losses in cyberspace.
Altucher believes that investors are better off in stimulus sympathy plays, such as companies that facilitate highway repairs or enable water infrastructure.
He may be right about the prospects of his picks. But he's dead wrong about the Internet.
Why did he pick the media heavies behind dot-com dinosaurs such as AOL, MySpace, and Hotmail? The trendiest Web magnets -- Facebook and Twitter -- are privately held, but some investors have done quite well with a little dot-com exposure in their portfolios.
I have recommended a few Internet companies to Rule Breakers newsletter subscribers. Two of the stocks -- Chinese search engine Baidu
China is a unique opportunity, but there is certainly growth to be found closer to home. Fellow analyst Tim Beyers recommended enterprise-software specialist salesforce.com
NetEase, salesforce,com, and Baidu are all growing quickly at a time when many companies are going in reverse. Why didn't Altucher single out the true stars of the Web? Why settle for companies that had lightning in a bottle a few years ago but let it get away?
Forget the high-octane Breakers. Isn't it convenient how Altucher sidestepped Amazon.com
All Altucher did was write off the Web stalwarts that Internet-savvy investors wrote off years ago. His eulogy comes too late for those companies, yet far too early for the true stars of the Internet revolution.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz has been shopping online for about as long as Amazon.com has been in business. He owns no shares in any of the stocks in this article and is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.