3D Systems Corporation (DDD): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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3D Systems Corporation ( DDD) 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 up 0.3%. By the end of trading, 3D Systems Corporation rose $4.81 (11.5%) to $46.55 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4.8 million shares of 3D Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $41.70-$46.79 after having opened the day at $42.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.74. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Chyron Corporation ( CHYR), up 17.5%, Astea International ( ATEA), up 12.6%, Camelot Information Systems ( CIS), up 11.4%, and TigerLogic Corporation ( TIGR), up 10.1%.
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3D Systems Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, marketing, and servicing of 3D printers and related products, print materials, and services. 3D Systems Corporation has a market cap of $2.36 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 60.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 189.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are three analysts that rate 3D Systems Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3D Systems Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, China Information Technology ( CNIT), down 13.1%, Mitek Systems ( MITK), down 7%, Wave Systems Corporation ( WAVX), down 5.5%, and Authentidate Holding Corporation ( ADAT), down 5.2%, were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with VeriSign ( VRSN) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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).

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