Nielsen Holdings NV (NLSN): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Nielsen Holdings ( NLSN) 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, Nielsen Holdings rose 46 cents (1.4%) to $33.72 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of Nielsen Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $33.01-$33.86 after having opened the day at $33.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.26. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: CounterPath Corporation ( CPAH), up 19.8%, Pros Holdings ( PRO), up 18.2%, icad ( ICAD), up 17.2%, and Cimatron ( CIMT), up 15.1%.
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Nielsen Holdings N.V., through its subsidiary, The Nielsen Company B.V., operates as an information and measurement company worldwide. Nielsen Holdings has a market cap of $11.83 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Nielsen Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nielsen Holdings as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front, Rackspace Hosting ( RAX), down 19.6%, Sapient Corporation ( SAPE), down 8.1%, Egain Communications Corporation ( EGAN), down 7.9%, and Crexendo ( EXE), down 6.2%, were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with Electronic Arts ( EA) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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