Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (CHKP): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Check Point Software Technologies ( CHKP) 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 0.9%. By the end of trading, Check Point Software Technologies rose 87 cents (1.7%) to $51.66 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of Check Point Software Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $50.92-$51.81 after having opened the day at $50.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.79. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Synchronoss Technologies ( SNCR), up 19.6%, Activision Blizzard ( ATVI), up 11.2%, ServiceSource International ( SREV), up 10.3%, and Cimatron ( CIMT), up 9.2%.
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Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. develops, markets, and supports a range of software, and combined hardware and software products and services for information technology (IT) security worldwide. Check Point Software Technologies has a market cap of $10.58 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Check Point Software Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Check Point Software Technologies 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, attractive valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Guidance Software ( GUID), down 19.5%, Nuance Communications ( NUAN), down 18.5%, Helios and Matheson Information Technology ( HMNY), down 6%, and Webmedia Brands ( WEBM), down 4.5%, were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with Intuit ( INTU) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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