Citrix Systems Inc. (CTXS): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Citrix Systems ( CTXS) 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 up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Citrix Systems rose 93 cents (1.2%) to $77.97 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of Citrix Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $76.70-$78.05 after having opened the day at $77.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.04. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: China Information Technology ( CNIT), up 25%, Bridgeline Digital ( BLIN), up 11.7%, Attunity ( ATTU), up 10.2%, and Astea International ( ATEA), up 10%.

Citrix Systems, Inc. designs, develops, and markets technology solutions to deliver IT services on-demand worldwide. Citrix Systems has a market cap of $14.43 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.4, 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 26.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Citrix Systems a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Citrix Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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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