The

computer software & services

industry closed the day down 0.1%.

CyberDefender

(

CYDE

),

MedAssets Inc

(

MDAS

),

WebMediaBrands Inc

(

WEBM

), and

JDA Software Group Inc

(

JDAS

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

Salesforce.com Inc

(

CRM

) being today's featured computer software & services winner. Salesforce.com Inc rose $9.18 (7.1%) to $139.14 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.8 million shares of Salesforce.com Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares.

salesforce.com, inc. provides customer and collaboration relationship management (CRM) services to various businesses and industries worldwide. It also offers a technology platform for customers and developers to build and run business applications. Salesforce.com Inc has a market cap of $17.6 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 617.8, below the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio of 681.9 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Salesforce.com as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the negative front,

Computer Programs and Systems Inc

(

CPSI

),

Helios & Matheson Information Technology In

(

HMNYD

),

Helios & Matheson Information Technology In

(

HMNY

), and

Avid Technology Inc

(

AVID

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

Electronic Arts Inc

(

ERTS

) 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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