3 Stocks Pushing The Computer Software & Services Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 18 points (-0.1%) at 13,964 as of Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,305 issues advancing vs. 1,524 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Wipro ( WIT), down 2.3%, and Infosys ( INFY), down 0.8%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Nuance Communications ( NUAN) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Nuance Communications is up $0.60 (3.2%) to $19.11 on heavy volume Thus far, 4.1 million shares of Nuance Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.45-$19.18 after having opened the day at $18.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.51.

Nuance Communications, Inc. provides voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers worldwide. Nuance Communications has a market cap of $6.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Nuance Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nuance Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and unimpressive growth in net income. Get the full Nuance Communications Ratings Report now.

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