Microsoft Corporation (MSFT): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

The computer software & services industry closed the day up 2.3%. Onstream Media Corporation ( ONSM), VanceInfo Technologies Inc ( VIT), Astea International Inc ( ATEA), and icad Inc ( ICAD) were all winners today within the computer software & services industry with Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT) being today's featured computer software & services winner. Microsoft Corporation rose 52 cents (2%) to $25.86 on average volume. Throughout the day, 86.9 million shares of Microsoft Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 67.8 million shares.

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products and services for various computing devices worldwide. Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $205.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.1, 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 down 12.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Microsoft as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. 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 negative front, CDC Software Corporation ( CDCS), Optibase ( OBAS), The9 ( NCTY), and WebMD Health Corporation ( WBMD) 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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