Domain stocks are having a rough year

…but some are beating the market.

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It’s been a wild year for asset prices and stocks of domain name-related companies are no exception.

Domain companies are tech companies, so the best comparison is the NASDAQ, which is down 32% YTD through yesterday’s close. The broader markets are down about 18%.

Here’s how domain companies performed from the close at the end of last year to yesterday’s close:

NameSilo (Pnk: URLOF) down 6% – This is a very thinly traded stock

CentralNic (London: AIM) down 7% – CentralNic’s ad business is helping it grow quickly. It has been rewarded with just a slight decline in stock price this year.

GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) down 12% – It’s beating the market despite a double-digit stock decline and currency challenges.

Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN)  down 29% – The base of .com domain names has declined, but the company is benefitting from price hikes on each .com registered or renewed.

Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) down 46% – Its domain business is stagnant but throws off cash. It continues to reinvest in fiber and its telco billing technology.

Clarivate (NYSE: CLVT)  down 61% – This IP tech rollup won’t be on the list much longer because it’s selling its MarkMonitor domain division.

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