Oracle Corporation (ORCL): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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Oracle Corporation ( ORCL) 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 0.8%. By the end of trading, Oracle Corporation fell 50 cents (-1.6%) to $31.39 on average volume. Throughout the day, 29.6 million shares of Oracle Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $31.28-$32.09 after having opened the day at $32.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.90. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: CollabRx ( CLRX), down 19.1%, Vringo ( VRNG), down 13.5%, Datalink Corporation ( DTLK), down 13.4%, and LifeLock ( LOCK), down 10.6%.
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Oracle Corporation develops, manufactures, markets, hosts, and supports database and middleware software, applications software, and hardware systems. Oracle Corporation has a market cap of $153.34 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, equal to the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate Oracle Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Oracle Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Exa ( EXA), up 7.5%, Tangoe ( TNGO), up 7.1%, China Digital TV ( STV), up 6.5%, and CIBER ( CBR), up 6.1%, were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Sap AG ADR ( SAP) 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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