Why NetEase Inc. Stock Popped Today

By Steve Symington Markets Fool.com

What happened

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Shares of NetEase Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) were up 12.1% as of 11:30 a.m. EST Thursday after the Chinese internet technology company announced strong fourth-quarter 2016 results.

So what

Quarterly revenue climbed 53.1% year over year, to 12.099 billion Chineserenminbi (RMB), or roughly $1.7426 billion, which translated to adjusted net income of RMB 4.0 billion, or $569.9 million. Adjusted net income was $4.30 per diluted American depositary share (ADS), up from $2.56 in the same year-ago period. By contrast, analysts' consensus estimates called forfourth-quarter revenue of just $1.58 billion and adjusted earnings of $3.44 per ADS.

According to CEO William Ding:

Our focus on innovation and quality has served us well, enablingNetEaseto create significant value for each of our major constituencies: our players, our partners and our shareholders. In 2016, we brought best-in-class products and services to our community and continued to grow our business. As we move through 2017 we will look toward the future, designing products and services that address fluid market dynamics, enabling continued growth and value creation.

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Now what

In the end, these results were far above the heady growth even the most optimistic investors were expecting, so it's unsurprising to see NetEase stock hitting new highs today. If NetEase can sustain this momentum in the coming year, and as Wall Street mulls its relative outperformance, I won't be surprised to see shares continue to rise going forward.

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Steve Symington has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends NetEase. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.