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All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 72 points (0.4%) at 18,189 as of Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,717 issues advancing vs. 1,232 declining with 166 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Endurance International Group Holdings

(

EIGI

), down 2.6%,

Open Text

(

OTEX

), down 1.2%,

NetSuite

(

N

), down 1.3% and

Salesforce.com

(

CRM

), down 1.0%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3.

Splunk

(

SPLK

) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Splunk is down $1.86 (-2.7%) to $66.74 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Splunk exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.89-$67.85 after having opened the day at $67.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.60.

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Splunk, Inc. provides software solutions that provide real-time operational intelligence in the United States and internationally. Splunk has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 16.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Splunk a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Splunk

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full

Splunk Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

VMWare

(

VMW

) is down $1.46 (-1.8%) to $81.84 on light volume. Thus far, 579,161 shares of VMWare exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.69-$82.74 after having opened the day at $82.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.30.

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VMware, Inc. provides virtualization infrastructure solutions in the United States and internationally. VMWare has a market cap of $11.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate VMWare a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

VMWare

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full

VMWare Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Adobe Systems

(

ADBE

) is down $0.70 (-0.9%) to $77.40 on light volume. Thus far, 675,613 shares of Adobe Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.08-$78.03 after having opened the day at $78.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.10.

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Adobe Systems Incorporated operates as a diversified software company worldwide. It operates in three segments: Digital Media, Digital Marketing, and Print and Publishing. Adobe Systems has a market cap of $39.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 7.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Adobe Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Adobe Systems

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full

Adobe Systems Ratings Report

now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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