TIBCO Software Inc. (TIBX): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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TIBCO Software ( TIBX) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Software & Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, TIBCO Software fell 31 cents (-1.1%) to $28.37 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of TIBCO Software exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $28.25-$28.97 after having opened the day at $28.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.68. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: Helios & Matheson Information Technology In ( HMNY), down 13%, Camelot Information Systems ( CIS), down 10.3%, Wave Systems Corporation ( WAVX), down 9.8%, and iSoftStone Holdings ( ISS), down 5.5%.

TIBCO Software Inc. provides middleware and infrastructure software worldwide. It offers products in the areas of service-oriented architecture (SOA) and core infrastructure; business optimization; and process automation and collaboration. TIBCO Software has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.3, above the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio of 39.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate TIBCO Software a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TIBCO Software as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Vringo ( VRNG), up 9.3%, Eloqua ( ELOQ), up 7.6%, Optibase ( OBAS), up 5.9%, and Merge Healthcare ( MRGE), up 5%, were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Autodesk ( ADSK) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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