Accenture PLC (ACN): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Accenture ( ACN) 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 down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Accenture rose 78 cents (1.1%) to $68.61 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.9 million shares of Accenture exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $67.93-$68.73 after having opened the day at $68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.83. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Velti ( VELT), up 7.6%, Helios & Matheson Information Technology In ( HMNY), up 5.7%, TigerLogic Corporation ( TIGR), up 4.7%, and Crexendo ( EXE), up 4.7%.
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Accenture plc operates as a management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company worldwide. Accenture has a market cap of $43.37 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Accenture a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Accenture 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, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Exa ( EXA), down 20%, BOS Better Online Solutions ( BOSC), down 20%, Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution ( KONE), down 12%, and China Mobile Games and Entertainment Group ( CMGE), down 10%, were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with F5 Networks ( FFIV) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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