Oracle Corporation (ORCL): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

Oracle Corporation ( ORCL) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry higher today making it today's featured computer software & services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Oracle Corporation rose 40 cents (1.4%) to $29.92 on average volume. Throughout the day, 23.6 million shares of Oracle Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $29.37-$30.05 after having opened the day at $29.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.52. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Cimatron ( CIMT), up 6.9%, Guidewire Software ( GWRE), up 5.5%, Authentidate Holding Corporation ( ADAT), up 5.2%, and FalconStor Software ( FALC), up 4.9%.

Oracle Corporation develops, manufactures, markets, hosts, and supports database and middleware software, applications software, and hardware systems. Oracle Corporation has a market cap of $144.42 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.1, 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 up 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 23 analysts that rate Oracle Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Oracle Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, DTS ( DTSI), down 25.1%, 21Vianet Group ( VNET), down 16.3%, Ninetowns Technology Group Company ( NINE), down 7.9%, and Boingo Wireless ( WIFI), down 7.7%, were all losers within the computer software & services industry with Catamaran ( CTRX) being today's computer software & services industry loser.

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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