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Sap AG ADR (SAP): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Sap AG ADR (SAP) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry higher today making it today's featured computer software & services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Sap AG ADR rose 72 cents (1%) to $71.78 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.4 million shares of Sap AG ADR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $71.38-$72.18 after having opened the day at $71.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.06. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Exa (EXA), up 7.5%, Tangoe (TNGO), up 7.1%, China Digital TV (STV), up 6.5%, and CIBER (CBR), up 6.1%.

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SAP AG provides business software primarily in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, and the Asia Pacific Japan region. Sap AG ADR has a market cap of $84.15 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.9, above the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio of 18.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Sap AG ADR a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sap AG ADR as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, CollabRx (CLRX), down 19.1%, Vringo (VRNG), down 13.5%, Datalink Corporation (DTLK), down 13.4%, and LifeLock (LOCK), down 10.6%, were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with Oracle Corporation (ORCL) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the computer software & services industry could consider iShares S&P NA Tech Software Idx (IGV) while those bearish on the computer software & services industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology (REW).

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