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Nielsen Holdings NV (NLSN): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

Nielsen Holdings ( NLSN) 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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Nielsen Holdings fell $0.87 (-2.5%) to $34.23 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,986,402 shares of Nielsen Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,495,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $34.19-$35.26 after having opened the day at $35.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.10. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: Synchronoss Technologies ( SNCR), down 11.6%, CounterPath Corporation ( CPAH), down 8.0%, Perficient ( PRFT), down 7.0% and Tableau Software Inc Class A ( DATA), down 6.3%.

Nielsen Holdings N.V., an information and measurement company, provides media and marketing information, analytics, and industry expertise about what consumers buy and watch on a global and local basis. Nielsen Holdings has a market cap of $13.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 14.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Nielsen Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nielsen Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Wave Systems Corporation ( WAVX), up 23.1%, Perion Network ( PERI), up 8.4%, TSR ( TSRI), up 7.3% and BOS Better Online Solutions ( BOSC), up 7.0% , were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Adobe Systems ( ADBE) 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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