4 Stocks Pushing The Computer Software & Services Industry Lower

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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 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. 3D Systems Corporation ( DDD) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, 3D Systems Corporation is down $2.87 (-7.6%) to $35.10 on heavy volume Thus far, 10.7 million shares of 3D Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.28-$36.59 after having opened the day at $32.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.97.

3D Systems Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, marketing, and servicing of 3D printers and related products, print materials, and services. 3D Systems Corporation has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 80.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate 3D Systems Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3D Systems Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full 3D Systems Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, F5 Networks ( FFIV) is down $4.97 (-4.9%) to $96.09 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of F5 Networks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $96.08-$99.50 after having opened the day at $99.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.06.

F5 Networks, Inc. provides application delivery networking technology that secures and optimizes the delivery of network-based applications, and the security, performance, and availability of servers and other network resources. F5 Networks has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate F5 Networks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates F5 Networks as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full F5 Networks Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Symantec ( SYMC) is down $0.22 (-1.0%) to $22.71 on average volume Thus far, 3.7 million shares of Symantec exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.69-$23.06 after having opened the day at $22.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.93.

Symantec Corporation provides security, storage, and systems management solutions to various organization and consumers worldwide. It operates in four segments: Consumer, Security and Compliance, Storage and Server Management, and Services. Symantec has a market cap of $15.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Symantec a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Symantec as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Symantec Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Salesforce.com ( CRM) is down $3.49 (-2.0%) to $167.07 on average volume Thus far, 933,013 shares of Salesforce.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $166.83-$170.96 after having opened the day at $168.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $170.56.

salesforce.com, inc provides cloud computing and social enterprise solutions to various businesses and industries worldwide. The company delivers customer relationship management applications through Internet or cloud. Salesforce.com has a market cap of $24.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 27 analysts that rate Salesforce.com a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Salesforce.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Salesforce.com Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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