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VMWare Inc. (VMW): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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VMWare ( VMW) 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 down 0.1%. By the end of trading, VMWare fell $2.15 (-2.7%) to $77.04 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3.9 million shares of VMWare exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $77.02-$79.34 after having opened the day at $79.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.19. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: EPAM Systems ( EPAM), down 7.3%, Active Network ( ACTV), down 7%, Edgewater Technology ( EDGW), down 6.7%, and TigerLogic Corporation ( TIGR), down 6.1%.

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VMware, Inc. provides virtualization and virtualization-based cloud infrastructure solutions in the United States and internationally. VMWare has a market cap of $10.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 16% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate VMWare a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VMWare as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Cimatron ( CIMT), up 13.3%, Crexendo ( EXE), up 11.9%, Egain Communications Corporation ( EGAN), up 5.8%, and Jive Software ( JIVE), up 5.5%, were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT) 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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