4 Stocks Pushing The Computer Software & Services Industry Lower

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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 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. Nielsen Holdings ( NLSN) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Nielsen Holdings is down $0.98 (-2.9%) to $32.74 on average volume Thus far, 844,408 shares of Nielsen Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.38-$32.97 after having opened the day at $31.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.72.

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 $12.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.8, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Nielsen Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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. Get the full Nielsen Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Catamaran ( CTRX) is down $0.62 (-1.2%) to $52.97 on light volume Thus far, 423,937 shares of Catamaran exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.69-$53.26 after having opened the day at $53.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.59.

Catamaran Corporation provides pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services and healthcare information technology solutions to the healthcare benefits management industry in North America. Catamaran has a market cap of $10.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 75.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Catamaran a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Catamaran 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 and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Catamaran Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Sap AG ADR ( SAP) is down $0.94 (-1.2%) to $79.73 on light volume Thus far, 434,774 shares of Sap AG ADR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.32-$79.92 after having opened the day at $79.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.67.

SAP AG provides enterprise application software and software-related services worldwide. Sap AG ADR has a market cap of $96.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Sap AG ADR a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sap AG ADR as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Sap AG ADR Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Intuit ( INTU) is down $0.54 (-0.9%) to $60.90 on average volume Thus far, 997,664 shares of Intuit exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.87-$61.39 after having opened the day at $61.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.44.

Intuit Inc. provides business and financial management solutions for small businesses, consumers, accounting professionals, and financial institutions primarily in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, and Singapore. Intuit has a market cap of $18.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Intuit a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intuit as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Intuit Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the computer software & services industry could consider iShares S&P NA Tech Software Idx ( IGV) while those bearish on the computer software & services industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology ( REW).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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