4 Stocks Pushing The Computer Software & Services Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 9 points (-0.1%) at 12,786 as of Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,471 issues advancing vs. 1,424 declining with 128 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Nuance Communications ( NUAN), down 5.3%, Infosys ( INFY), down 3.1%, Wipro ( WIT), down 1.8% and Red Hat ( RHT), down 1.4%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. NCR Corporation ( NCR) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, NCR Corporation is up $0.57 (2.5%) to $22.96 on average volume Thus far, 906,723 shares of NCR Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.60-$23.06 after having opened the day at $22.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.39.

NCR Corporation provides products and services that enable businesses to connect, interact, and transact with their customers worldwide. NCR Corporation has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate NCR Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NCR Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full NCR Corporation Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Computer Sciences Corporation ( CSC) is up $1.00 (2.8%) to $36.91 on average volume Thus far, 873,297 shares of Computer Sciences Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.67-$36.91 after having opened the day at $35.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.91.

Computer Sciences Corporation provides information technology (IT) and professional services to governments and commercial enterprises. Computer Sciences Corporation has a market cap of $5.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of -3.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 45.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Computer Sciences Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Computer Sciences Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Computer Sciences Corporation Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Sap AG ADR ( SAP) is up $0.38 (0.5%) to $73.85 on light volume Thus far, 460,568 shares of Sap AG ADR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.32-$73.98 after having opened the day at $73.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.47.

SAP AG provides enterprise application software and software-related services worldwide. Sap AG ADR has a market cap of $84.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 38.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Sap AG ADR a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sap AG ADR as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Sap AG ADR Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Check Point Software Technologies ( CHKP) is up $0.53 (1.2%) to $45.39 on light volume Thus far, 626,280 shares of Check Point Software Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.52-$45.49 after having opened the day at $44.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.86.

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. develops, markets, and supports a range of software, and combined hardware and software products and services for information technology (IT) security worldwide. Check Point Software Technologies has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 16.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Check Point Software Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Check Point Software Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Check Point Software Technologies Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 4 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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