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

The computer software & services industry closed the day up 0.1%. Egain Communications Corporation ( EGAN), Majesco Entertainment Company ( COOL), VanceInfo Technologies Inc ( VIT), and Velti ( VELT) 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 22 cents (0.8%) to $27.18 on light volume. Throughout the day, 43.3 million shares of Microsoft Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 69 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 $227.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10, 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 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Smith Micro Software ( SMSI), Boingo Wireless Inc ( WIFI), WebMediaBrands Inc ( WEBM), and American Reprographics Company ( ARC) were all losers within the computer software & services industry with Thomson Reuters Corporation ( TRI) 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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