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Splunk

(

SPLK

) 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 1.1%. By the end of trading, Splunk fell $2.63 (-4.2%) to $59.90 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,079,229 shares of Splunk exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,296,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $59.68-$62.99 after having opened the day at $62.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.53. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were:

FAB Universal

(

FU

), down 26.4%,

Bazaarvoice

(

BV

), down 17.0%,

Helios and Matheson Analytics

(

HMNY

), down 6.3% and

Sapiens International Corporation

(

SPNS

), down 6.1%.

Splunk, Inc. provides software solutions that provide real-time operational intelligence. Splunk has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 116.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Splunk a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Splunk

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the positive front,

CounterPath Corporation

TST Recommends

(

CPAH

), up 15.8%,

Bridgeline Digital

(

BLIN

), up 12.5%,

BOS Better Online Solutions

(

BOSC

), up 10.3% and

Textura

(

TXTR

), up 9.6% , were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with

VMware

(

VMW

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

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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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