F5 Networks

(

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 up 0.8%. By the end of trading, F5 Networks fell 60 cents (-0.6%) to $108.44 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.9 million shares of F5 Networks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $107.31-$110.68 after having opened the day at $110.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $109.04. Other company's within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were:

Onstream Media Corporation

(

ONSM

), down 10.5%,

Recon Technology

(

RCON

), down 10.2%,

Wireless Ronin Technologies

(

RNIN

), down 8.5%, and

Deltek

(

PROJ

), down 8%.

F5 Networks, Inc. provides application delivery networking 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 has a market cap of $8.66 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.1, 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 up 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate F5 Networks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates F5 Networks 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 good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front,

Allot Communications

(

ALLT

), up 10.5%,

Proofpoint

(

PFPT

), up 9.4%,

e-Future Information Technology

(

EFUT

), up 9.2%, and

Camelot Information Systems

(

CIS

), up 8%, were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with

Microsoft Corporation

(

MSFT

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

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(

IGV

) while those bearish on the computer software & services industry could consider

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(

REW

).

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