Inc. (CRM): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

Editor's Note: 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. ( CRM) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry higher today making it today's featured computer software & services winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, rose $3.57 (2.5%) to $144.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $140.15-$144.90 after having opened the day at $141.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $140.73. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Chyron Corporation ( CHYR), up 20.7%, ServiceSource International ( SREV), up 7.9%, Ellie Mae ( ELLI), up 7.5%, and Astea International ( ATEA), up 7.3%.
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TheStreet Ratings rates 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 negative front, Net Element International ( NETE), down 38.7%, Recon Technology ( RCON), down 29.4%, Velti ( VELT), down 11.9%, and NQ Mobile ( NQ), down 8.2%, were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with VeriSign ( VRSN) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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