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F5 Networks

(

FFIV

) 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 up 0.1%. By the end of trading, F5 Networks rose $1.84 (1.9%) to $100.49 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.2 million shares of F5 Networks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $98.05-$100.93 after having opened the day at $99.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.65. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were:

Kenexa

(

KNXA

), up 41.4%,

Wizzard Software Corporation

(

WZE

), up 9.9%,

Saba Software

(

SABA

), up 9.5%, and

21Vianet Group

(

VNET

), up 8.5%.

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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 $7.99 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.9, below the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio of 29.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7% 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 11 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, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front,

Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution

(

KONE

), down 10.8%,

Deltek

(

PROJ

), down 7.7%,

China Information Technology

(

CNIT

), down 5.7%, and

Bsquare Corporation

(

BSQR

), down 5.5%, were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with

Check Point Software Technologies

(

CHKP

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

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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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