Catamaran Corp (CTRX): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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Catamaran ( CTRX) 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 up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Catamaran fell 92 cents (-1%) to $87.31 on light volume. Throughout the day, 524,731 shares of Catamaran exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of one million shares. The stock ranged in price between $87.04-$88.15 after having opened the day at $87.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.23. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), down 8.8%, Egain Communications Corporation ( EGAN), down 6.8%, THQ ( THQI), down 5%, and iSoftStone Holdings ( ISS), down 5%.

Catamaran Corporation provides pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services and healthcare information technology solutions to the healthcare benefits management industry in North America. Catamaran has a market cap of $8.92 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 52.8, above the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio of 52.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 54.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Catamaran a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Catamaran 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, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Exa ( EXA), up 10.3%, Guidewire Software ( GWRE), up 9.9%, Sonic Foundry ( SOFO), up 8.4%, and Chyron Corporation ( CHYR), up 7.6%, were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Adobe Systems ( ADBE) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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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