5 Stocks Pushing The Computer Software & Services Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 46 points (-0.4%) at 12,524 as of Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 826 issues advancing vs. 2,151 declining with 91 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Velti ( VELT), down 32.4%, F5 Networks ( FFIV), down 1.9%, Red Hat ( RHT), down 1.0%, Wipro ( WIT), down 1.1% and Sap AG ADR ( SAP), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the industry include Catamaran ( CTRX), up 1.2%, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation ( CTSH), up 0.8% and Automatic Data Processing ( ADP), up 0.3%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. Nielsen Holdings ( NLSN) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Nielsen Holdings is down $0.39 (-1.4%) to $27.78 on light volume Thus far, 207,818 shares of Nielsen Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.77-$28.37 after having opened the day at $28.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.17.

Nielsen Holdings N.V., through its subsidiary, The Nielsen Company B.V., operates as an information and measurement company worldwide. Nielsen Holdings has a market cap of $10.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Nielsen Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nielsen Holdings as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been the stock's relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. Get the full Nielsen Holdings Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, 3D Systems Corporation ( DDD) is down $1.83 (-4.4%) to $39.74 on average volume Thus far, 928,113 shares of 3D Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.06-$41.61 after having opened the day at $41.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.57.

3D Systems Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, marketing, and servicing of 3D printers and related products, print materials, and services. 3D Systems Corporation has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 61.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 188.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate 3D Systems Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3D Systems Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full 3D Systems Corporation Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Activision Blizzard ( ATVI) is down $0.14 (-1.4%) to $10.54 on average volume Thus far, 5.1 million shares of Activision Blizzard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.45-$10.77 after having opened the day at $10.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.68.

Activision Blizzard, Inc. publishes online, personal computer (PC), console, handheld, and mobile interactive entertainment worldwide. It develops and publishes PC-based computer games and maintains its proprietary online-game related service, Battle.net. Activision Blizzard has a market cap of $11.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 13.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Activision Blizzard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Activision Blizzard as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Activision Blizzard Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Cerner Corporation ( CERN) is down $0.58 (-0.8%) to $75.13 on light volume Thus far, 285,153 shares of Cerner Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.81-$76.00 after having opened the day at $75.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.71.

Cerner Corporation designs, develops, markets, installs, hosts, and supports healthcare information technology, healthcare devices, and content solutions for healthcare organizations and consumers worldwide. Cerner Corporation has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Cerner Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cerner 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, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Cerner Corporation Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, VMWare ( VMW) is down $0.66 (-0.8%) to $84.20 on light volume Thus far, 606,585 shares of VMWare exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.72-$85.25 after having opened the day at $85.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.86.

VMware, Inc. provides virtualization and virtualization-based cloud infrastructure solutions in the United States and internationally. VMWare has a market cap of $11.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 50.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate VMWare a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VMWare 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 and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full VMWare Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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