Citrix Systems Inc. (CTXS): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Citrix Systems ( CTXS) 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 0.6%. By the end of trading, Citrix Systems rose 68 cents (1%) to $66.55 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Citrix Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $65.52-$67.08 after having opened the day at $66.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.87. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Webmedia Brands ( WEBM), up 8.6%, Analysts International ( ANLY), up 8.5%, Guidance Software ( GUID), up 7.6%, and Velti ( VELT), up 7.1%.
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Citrix Systems, Inc. designs, develops, and markets technology solutions to deliver IT services on-demand worldwide. Citrix Systems has a market cap of $12.73 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Citrix Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine 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 somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, DynaVox ( DVOX), down 7.8%, Helios & Matheson Information Technology In ( HMNY), down 6%, Vringo ( VRNG), down 5.1%, and Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution ( KONE), down 4%, were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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