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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Intuit

(

INTU

) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Software & Services laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Intuit fell 73 cents (-1.2%) to $58.63 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.2 million shares of Intuit exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $58.34-$59.63 after having opened the day at $59.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.36. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were:

AVG Technologies

(

AVG

), down 7.1%,

Wave Systems Corporation

(

WAVX

), down 5.9%,

Mitek Systems

(

MITK

), down 5.7%, and

Vringo

(

VRNG

), down 5.7%.

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Intuit Inc. provides business and financial management solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, consumers, accounting professionals, and financial institutions primarily in the United States, Canada, India, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. Intuit has a market cap of $17.77 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.9, above the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio of 23.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Intuit a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intuit as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

Onstream Media Corporation

(

ONSM

), up 8.8%,

CounterPath Corporation

(

CPAH

), up 8.1%,

Chyron Corporation

(

CHYR

), up 6.9%, and

Market Leader

(

LEDR

), up 6.7%, were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with

Salesforce.com

(

CRM

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

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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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