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TIBCO Software Inc. (TIBX): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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.

TIBCO Software (TIBX) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Software & Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, TIBCO Software fell 32 cents (-1.3%) to $24.03 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.5 million shares of TIBCO Software exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $24-$24.77 after having opened the day at $24.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.35. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: Authentidate Holding Corporation (ADAT), down 15.3%, 3D Systems Corporation (DDD), down 13.9%, Mattersight (MATR), down 9.9%, and Helios and Matheson Information Technology (HMNY), down 7.2%.

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TIBCO Software Inc. provides middleware and infrastructure software worldwide. It offers products in the areas of service-oriented architecture (SOA) and core infrastructure; business optimization; and process automation and collaboration. TIBCO Software has a market cap of $3.73 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate TIBCO Software a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TIBCO Software as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Glu Mobile (GLUU), up 15.2%, Unwired Planet (UPIP), up 11.1%, Bridgeline Digital (BLIN), up 8.6%, and Velti (VELT), up 7.4%, were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Fortinet (FTNT) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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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