Oracle Corporation

(

ORCL

) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Software & Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Oracle Corporation fell 38 cents (-1.2%) to $30.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 20.3 million shares of Oracle Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.17-$30.69 after having opened the day at $30.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.58. Other company's within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were:

LogMeIn

(

LOGM

), down 22.3%,

Advent Software

(

ADVS

), down 16%,

CounterPath Corporation

(

CPAH

), down 9.3%, and

Intellicheck Mobilisa

(

IDN

), down 9.1%.

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Oracle Corporation develops, manufactures, markets, hosts, and supports database and middleware software, applications software, and hardware systems. Oracle Corporation has a market cap of $150.23 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, 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 up 19.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 23 analysts that rate Oracle Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Oracle Corporation as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

Avid Technology

(

AVID

), up 21.7%,

Virtusa Corporation

(

VRTU

), up 19.2%,

Medidata Solutions

(

MDSO

), up 13.6%, and

Dun & Bradstreet Corporation

(

DNB

), up 13.4%, were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with

Check Point Software Technologies

(

CHKP

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

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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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