IHS Inc. (IHS): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

IHS ( IHS) 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 0.4%. By the end of trading, IHS rose $2.26 (2.1%) to $111.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 417,179 shares of IHS exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 425,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $109.10-$111.42 after having opened the day at $109.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $108.89. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Pervasive Software ( PVSW), up 23.2%, Netsol Technologies ( NTWK), up 13.3%, iSoftStone Holdings ( ISS), up 11.7%, and Sapiens International Corporation ( SPNS), up 7.4%.

IHS Inc. provides critical information and insight products and services. IHS has a market cap of $7.26 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 54.6, below the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio of 54.9 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate IHS a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates IHS as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, icad ( ICAD), down 10.2%, Cover-All Technologies ( COVR), down 10%, Retalix ( RTLX), down 8.7%, and TigerLogic Corporation ( TIGR), down 8.2%, were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with F5 Networks ( FFIV) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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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