5 Stocks Pushing The Computer Software & Services Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.4%) at 13,942 as of Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,301 issues advancing vs. 1,576 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Thomson Reuters Corporation ( TRI), up 1.4%, Sap AG ADR ( SAP), up 0.8%, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation ( CTSH), up 0.9%, Wipro ( WIT), up 0.8% and Oracle Corporation ( ORCL), up 0.3%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Nielsen Holdings ( NLSN) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Nielsen Holdings is up $0.49 (1.5%) to $32.75 on light volume Thus far, 400,754 shares of Nielsen Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.43-$32.95 after having opened the day at $32.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.26.

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 $11.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been unimpressive growth in net income over time. Get the full Nielsen Holdings Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Catamaran ( CTRX) is up $0.69 (1.3%) to $55.34 on light volume Thus far, 403,985 shares of Catamaran exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.79-$55.63 after having opened the day at $54.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.65.

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 $11.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 78.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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3. As of noon trading, Automatic Data Processing ( ADP) is up $0.50 (0.8%) to $61.51 on light volume Thus far, 603,489 shares of Automatic Data Processing exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.29-$61.74 after having opened the day at $61.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.01.

Automatic Data Processing, Inc. and its subsidiaries provide business outsourcing solutions. The company operates in three segments: Employer Services, Professional Employer Organization (PEO) Services, and Dealer Services. Automatic Data Processing has a market cap of $29.2 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 5.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Automatic Data Processing a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Automatic Data Processing as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Automatic Data Processing Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Infosys ( INFY) is up $1.99 (3.7%) to $55.47 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Infosys exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.31-$55.54 after having opened the day at $54.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.48.

Infosys Limited provides business consulting, technology, engineering, and outsourcing services worldwide. Infosys has a market cap of $29.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Infosys a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Infosys 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Infosys Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Accenture ( ACN) is up $0.48 (0.6%) to $75.28 on light volume Thus far, 741,927 shares of Accenture exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.83-$75.52 after having opened the day at $75.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.80.

Accenture plc operates as a management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company worldwide. Accenture has a market cap of $47.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Accenture a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Accenture 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Accenture Ratings Report now.

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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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