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F5 Networks ( FFIV) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Software & Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, F5 Networks fell 96 cents (-1%) to $92.98 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of F5 Networks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. The stock ranged in price between $92.56-$94.45 after having opened the day at $94.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.94. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: 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%.
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F5 Networks, Inc. provides application delivery networking technology that secures and optimizes the delivery of network-based applications, and the security, performance, and availability of servers and other network resources. F5 Networks has a market cap of $7.41 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 11.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate F5 Networks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates F5 Networks 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, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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

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