4 Stocks Pushing The Computer Software & Services Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 50 points (0.4%) at 14,380 as of Friday, March 8, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,811 issues advancing vs. 1,063 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Infosys ( INFY), up 0.5%, and Salesforce.com ( CRM), up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Activision Blizzard ( ATVI), down 1.3%, and Sap AG ADR ( SAP), down 0.6%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. BMC Software ( BMC) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, BMC Software is up $0.66 (1.6%) to $42.99 on light volume Thus far, 504,641 shares of BMC Software exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.35-$43.12 after having opened the day at $42.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.33.

BMC Software, Inc. develops software that provides system and service management solutions for enterprises in the United States and internationally. BMC Software has a market cap of $6.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate BMC Software a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BMC Software as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full BMC Software Ratings Report now.

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