BMC Software Inc. (BMC): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Loser

BMC Software ( BMC) 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 1.3%. By the end of trading, BMC Software fell 29 cents (-0.7%) to $42.29 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of BMC Software exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $42.04-$42.94 after having opened the day at $42.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.58. Other company's within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: Astea International ( ATEA), down 9.8%, Asure Software ( ASUR), down 7.1%, Optibase ( OBAS), down 5.7%, and Bridgeline Digital ( BLIN), down 5%.

BMC Software, Inc. develops software that provides system and service management solutions for enterprises in the United States and internationally. BMC Software has a market cap of $6.79 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, equal to the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are six analysts that rate BMC Software a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BMC Software as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Helios & Matheson Information Technology In ( HMNY), up 22%, Onstream Media Corporation ( ONSM), up 16.6%, Chyron Corporation ( CHYR), up 8.8%, and MModal ( MODL), up 8.4%, were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Citrix Systems ( CTXS) being today's featured computer software & services industry winner.

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