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) 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 0.7%. By the end of trading, Symantec fell $0.38 (-1.6%) to $22.72 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9,871,418 shares of Symantec exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,409,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $22.67-$23.26 after having opened the day at $23.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.10. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were:

Nuance Communications



), down 18.1%,

21Vianet Group



), down 8.8%,

China Mobile Games and Entertainment Group



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), down 8.0% and

China Information Technology



), down 5.4%.

Symantec Corporation and its subsidiaries provide security, backup, and availability solutions worldwide. Its products and services protect people and information in any digital environment from mobile devices, enterprise data centers, and cloud-based systems. Symantec has a market cap of $16.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Symantec a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates


as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front,

Smith Micro Software



), up 14.5%,




), up 12.7%,




), up 10.9% and

Bridgeline Digital



), up 8.8% , were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation



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

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