Salesforce.com Inc. (CRM): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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Salesforce.com ( CRM) 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 0.6%. By the end of trading, Salesforce.com fell $1.51 (-1%) to $145.09 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Salesforce.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $143.38-$146.87 after having opened the day at $146.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $146.60. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: Ebix ( EBIX), down 14.1%, Unwired Planet ( UPIP), down 8.4%, China Mobile Games and Entertainment Group ( CMGE), down 8%, and Velti ( VELT), down 7.3%.
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salesforce.com, inc provides cloud computing and social enterprise solutions to various businesses and industries worldwide. The company delivers customer relationship management applications through Internet or cloud. Salesforce.com has a market cap of $20.53 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of -135.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 44.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 28 analysts that rate Salesforce.com a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Salesforce.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the positive front, Vringo ( VRNG), up 42.6%, icad ( ICAD), up 39.5%, Helios & Matheson Information Technology In ( HMNY), up 15.2%, and Majesco Entertainment Company ( COOL), up 13.9%, were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with F5 Networks ( FFIV) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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