Oracle Corporation

(

ORCL

) 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 0.6%. By the end of trading, Oracle Corporation rose 32 cents (1.2%) to $26.68 on average volume. Throughout the day, 33 million shares of Oracle Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 31.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.04-$26.85 after having opened the day at $26.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.36. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were:

Recon Technology

(

RCON

), up 39.5%,

Helios & Matheson Information Technology In

(

HMNY

), up 13.2%,

Splunk

(

SPLK

), up 10.3%, and

Compuware Corporation

(

CPWR

), up 9.5%.

Oracle Corporation, an enterprise software company, develops, manufactures, markets, distributes, and services database and middleware software, applications software, and hardware systems worldwide. Oracle Corporation has a market cap of $130.65 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.7, 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 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Oracle Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 13 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth 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 negative front,

Onstream Media Corporation

(

ONSM

), down 9.9%,

icad

(

ICAD

), down 8.7%,

Astea International

(

ATEA

), down 6.5%, and

Simulations Plus

(

SLP

), down 6.3%, were all losers within the computer software & services industry with

Red Hat

(

RHT

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

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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