5 Stocks Pushing The Computer Software & Services Industry Lower

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One 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 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. Intuit ( INTU) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Intuit is down $0.56 (-0.9%) to $58.39 on light volume Thus far, 615,262 shares of Intuit exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.33-$58.90 after having opened the day at $58.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.95.

Intuit Inc. provides business and financial management solutions for small businesses, consumers, accounting professionals, and financial institutions primarily in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, and Singapore. Intuit has a market cap of $17.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Intuit a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intuit as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Intuit Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Citrix Systems ( CTXS) is down $0.96 (-1.6%) to $60.20 on light volume Thus far, 733,247 shares of Citrix Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.97-$61.15 after having opened the day at $60.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.16.

Citrix Systems, Inc. designs, develops, and markets technology solutions to deliver IT services on-demand worldwide. Citrix Systems has a market cap of $11.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Citrix Systems a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Citrix Systems 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 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 Citrix Systems Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation ( CTSH) is down $0.55 (-0.8%) to $65.60 on light volume Thus far, 855,463 shares of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.23-$66.10 after having opened the day at $65.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.15.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation provides information technology (IT), consulting, and business process outsourcing services in North America, Europe, and internationally. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation has a market cap of $19.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cognizant Technology Solutions 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Symantec ( SYMC) is down $0.19 (-1.0%) to $18.00 on light volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Symantec exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.93-$18.18 after having opened the day at $18.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.19.

Symantec Corporation provides security, storage, and systems management solutions to various organization and consumers worldwide. It operates in four segments: Consumer, Security and Compliance, Storage and Server Management, and Services. Symantec has a market cap of $12.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Symantec a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Symantec as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Symantec Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Oracle Corporation ( ORCL) is down $0.19 (-0.6%) to $29.95 on light volume Thus far, 6.3 million shares of Oracle Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.90-$30.13 after having opened the day at $30.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.14.

Oracle Corporation develops, manufactures, markets, hosts, and supports database and middleware software, applications software, and hardware systems. Oracle Corporation has a market cap of $144.6 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 17.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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. Get the full Oracle Corporation 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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