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Oracle Corporation ( ORCL) 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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Oracle Corporation rose 37 cents (1.3%) to $29.95 on average volume. Throughout the day, 26.2 million shares of Oracle Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $29.56-$30.07 after having opened the day at $29.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.58. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Recon Technology ( RCON), up 137.1%, Chyron Corporation ( CHYR), up 13.7%, ServiceNow ( NOW), up 10.7%, and Smith Micro Software ( SMSI), up 8.8%.
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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 $144.67 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 21 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 notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Velti ( VELT), down 34.2%, Astea International ( ATEA), down 27.7%, BOS Better Online Solutions ( BOSC), down 15%, and NCI ( NCIT), down 13.3%, were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with Computer Sciences Corporation ( CSC) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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