Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (CTSH): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation ( CTSH) 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 0.1%. By the end of trading, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation rose $1.17 (1.7%) to $69.89 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.1 million shares of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $69.16-$71.15 after having opened the day at $69.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.72. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions ( MDRX), up 14.2%, Chyron Corporation ( CHYR), up 9.9%, Wave Systems Corporation ( WAVX), up 9.4%, and TigerLogic Corporation ( TIGR), up 7.7%.
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Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation provides information technology (IT), consulting, and business process outsourcing services in North America, Europe, and internationally. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation has a market cap of $20.27 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.8, 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 5.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution ( KONE), down 9.1%, Mitek Systems ( MITK), down 7.2%, Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), down 6.7%, and Webmedia Brands ( WEBM), down 6.2%, were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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