Catamaran Corp (CTRX): Today's Featured Technology Winner

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Catamaran ( CTRX) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Catamaran rose $1.46 (1.5%) to $97.08 on average volume. Throughout the day, 841,895 shares of Catamaran exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 999,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $95-$97.31 after having opened the day at $95.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $95.62. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were: B Communications ( BCOM), up 35.6%, Vicon Industries ( VII), up 19.7%, Rambus ( RMBS), up 17.6%, and AudioCodes ( AUDC), up 15.7%.
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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 $9.77 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 57.8, above the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio of 57.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 68.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 negative front, Parametric Sound ( PAMT), down 13.1%, WPCS International ( WPCS), down 12.7%, Dialogic ( DLGC), down 11.8%, and Intelligent Systems ( INS), down 10.8%, were all laggards within the technology sector with Citrix Systems ( CTXS) being today's technology sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the technology sector could consider Technology Select Sector SPDR ( XLK) while those bearish on the technology sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology ( REW).

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