The

computer software & services

industry closed the day up 4.1%.

Vasco Data Security International Inc

(

VDSI

),

VanceInfo Technologies Inc

(

VIT

),

Parametric Technology Corporation

(

PMTC

), and

Citrix Systems Inc

(

CTXS

) were all winners today within the computer software & services industry with

Microsoft Corporation

(

MSFT

) being today's featured computer software & services winner. Microsoft Corporation rose 66 cents (2.5%) to $27.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 74.4 million shares of Microsoft Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 65.1 million shares.

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products and services for various computing devices worldwide. Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $225.5 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.7, equal to the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Microsoft as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and attractive valuation levels. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front,

3D Systems Corporation

(

DDD

),

BMC Software Inc

(

BMC

),

CyberDefender

(

CYDE

), and

Mitek Systems Inc

(

MITK

) were all losers within the computer software & services industry with

Symantec

(

SYMC

) being today's computer software & services industry Loser Spotlight stock.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the computer software & services industry could consider

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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