China Digital TV Holding Co. Ltd. (STV): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Loser

The computer software & services industry closed the day down 2%. Bridgeline Digital Inc ( BLIN), iSoftStone Holdings ( ISS), Camelot Information Systems Inc ( CIS), and Asiainfo-Linkage Inc ( ASIA) were all decliners today within the computer software & services industry with China Digital TV ( STV) being today's featured computer software & services loser. China Digital TV fell 8 cents (-2%) to $3.86 on light volume. Throughout the day, 68,950 shares of China Digital TV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 138,300 shares.

China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides conditional access (CA) systems to digital television markets in the People's Republic of China. China Digital TV has a market cap of $229.4 million and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.5, above the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio of 3.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 44.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates China Digital TV as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

On the positive front, BluePhoenix Solutions ( BPHX), CyberDefender ( CYDE), Recon Technology ( RCON), and DemandTec Inc ( DMAN) were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Fortinet Inc ( FTNT) being today's featured computer software & services industry winner.

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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