VeriSign Inc. (VRSN): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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VeriSign ( VRSN) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Software & Services laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, VeriSign fell 69 cents (-1.7%) to $40.92 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.1 million shares of VeriSign exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $40.74-$41.75 after having opened the day at $41.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.61. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: 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%.
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VeriSign, Inc. provides Internet infrastructure services to various networks worldwide. It offers registry services that operate the authoritative directory of .com, .net, .cc, .tv, and .name domain names, as well as the back-end systems for various for all .gov, .jobs, and .edu domain names. VeriSign has a market cap of $6.51 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four analysts that rate VeriSign a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VeriSign as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, 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%, were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Salesforce.com ( CRM) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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