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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 41 points (-0.2%) at 18,075 as of Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,371 issues advancing vs. 1,586 declining with 175 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was

Thomson Reuters

(

TRI

), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Wipro

(

WIT

), down 1.4%,

Adobe Systems

(

ADBE

), down 0.7% and

International Business Machines

(

IBM

), down 0.6%.

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

3.

VMWare

(

VMW

) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, VMWare is up $1.78 (2.1%) to $85.05 on light volume. Thus far, 652,125 shares of VMWare exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.51-$85.51 after having opened the day at $83.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.27.

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VMware, Inc. provides virtualization infrastructure solutions in the United States and internationally. VMWare has a market cap of $10.6 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 16 analysts who rate VMWare a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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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2. As of noon trading,

Electronic Arts

(

EA

) is up $0.93 (1.6%) to $58.20 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Electronic Arts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.11-$58.38 after having opened the day at $57.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.27.

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Electronic Arts Inc. develops, markets, publishes, and distributes game software content and services for video game consoles, personal computers, mobile phones, and tablets. The company operates through EA Games, EA SPORTS, Maxis, PopCap, and All Play segments. Electronic Arts has a market cap of $17.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 21.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Electronic Arts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Electronic Arts

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, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Electronic Arts Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Microsoft

(

MSFT

) is up $0.29 (0.7%) to $43.14 on light volume. Thus far, 10.9 million shares of Microsoft exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 37.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.75-$43.17 after having opened the day at $42.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.86.

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Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, markets, and supports software, services, and devices worldwide. The company's Devices and Consumer (D&C) Licensing segment licenses Windows operating system and related software; Microsoft Office for consumers; and Windows Phone operating system. Microsoft has a market cap of $351.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 7.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Microsoft a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Microsoft

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

Microsoft 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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