Nielsen Holdings NV (NLSN): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Loser

Nielsen Holdings ( NLSN) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Software & Services loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4%. By the end of trading, Nielsen Holdings fell 53 cents (-1.9%) to $26.96 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.1 million shares of Nielsen Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.91-$27.57 after having opened the day at $27.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.49. Other company's within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: Wave Systems Corporation ( WAVX), down 10.7%, Webmedia Brands ( WEBM), down 9.1%, Bsquare Corporation ( BSQR), down 8.1%, and icad ( ICAD), down 8%.

Nielsen Holdings N.V., through its subsidiary, The Nielsen Company B.V., operates as an information and measurement company worldwide. Nielsen Holdings has a market cap of $10.02 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.3, below the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio of 34.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Nielsen Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nielsen Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally weak debt management.

On the positive front, Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution ( KONE), up 23.2%, Cover-All Technologies ( COVR), up 16%, QAD ( QADA), up 11.1%, and Datawatch Corporation ( DWCH), up 10.8%, were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Oracle Corporation ( ORCL) 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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