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

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Electronic Arts

(

EA

) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry higher today making it today's featured computer software & services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Electronic Arts rose 15 cents (1.2%) to $13 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.4 million shares of Electronic Arts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.70-$13.12 after having opened the day at $12.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.85. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were:

TigerLogic Corporation

(

TIGR

), up 12.9%,

Wireless Ronin Technologies

(

RNIN

), up 8.8%,

icad

(

ICAD

), up 7.2%, and

Unwired Planet

(

UPIP

), up 7.1%.

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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, tablets and electronic readers, and the Internet. Electronic Arts has a market cap of $4.08 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 64.2, below the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio of 67.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 37.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Electronic Arts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Electronic Arts as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

On the negative front,

American Software

(

AMSWA

), down 8.4%,

Greenway Medical Technologies

(

GWAY

), down 7.6%,

Tangoe

(

TNGO

), down 7%, and

Helios & Matheson Information Technology In

(

HMNY

), down 6.8%, were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with

Salesforce.com

(

CRM

) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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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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