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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 down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Oracle Corporation fell $0.52 (-1.4%) to $36.88 on light volume. Throughout the day, 13,076,127 shares of Oracle Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,329,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $36.68-$37.20 after having opened the day at $36.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.40. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were:

Top Image Systems

(

TISA

), down 12.1%,

Textura

(

TXTR

), down 9.8%,

NetSuite

(

N

), down 7.2% and

National Instruments Corporation

(

NATI

), down 7.0%.

Oracle Corporation develops, manufactures, markets, hosts, and supports database and middleware software, applications software, and hardware systems. Oracle Corporation has a market cap of $166.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Oracle Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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 notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front,

Zynga

(

ZNGA

), up 23.6%,

Computer Programs and Systems

(

CPSI

), up 17.6%,

Proofpoint

(

PFPT

), up 10.8% and

Unisys Corporation

(

UIS

), up 10.0% , were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with

Microsoft Corporation

(

MSFT

) 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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