F5 Networks Inc

(

FFIV

) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Software & Services loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, F5 Networks Inc fell $1.25 (-1.2%) to $103.41 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.2 million shares of F5 Networks Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $102.51-$105.42 after having opened the day at $104.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.66. Other company's within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were:

Recon Technology

(

RCON

), down 17.5%,

Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution

(

KONE

), down 15%,

Bridgeline Digital Inc

(

BLIN

), down 9.9%, and

THQ Inc

(

THQI

), down 8.5%.

F5 Networks, Inc. provides technology that optimizes the delivery of network-based applications, and the security, performance, and availability of servers, data storage devices, and other network resources in the Americas, EMEA, Japan, and the Asia Pacific. F5 Networks Inc has a market cap of $7.76 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 33, equal to the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 19.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates F5 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

Helios & Matheson Information Technology In

(

HMNY

), up 16.2%,

Helios & Matheson Information Technology In

(

HMNYD

), up 16.2%,

WebMD Health Corporation

(

WBMD

), up 10%, and

Cimatron

(

CIMT

), up 9.5%, were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with

Iron Mountain Inc

(

IRM

) being today's featured computer software & services industry winner.

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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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