Electronic Arts Inc. (EA): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Electronic Arts ( EA) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry higher today making it today's featured computer software & services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Electronic Arts rose 55 cents (3%) to $19.13 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.7 million shares of Electronic Arts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $18.58-$19.51 after having opened the day at $18.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.58. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: BOS Better Online Solutions ( BOSC), up 44.6%, Chyron Corporation ( CHYR), up 14.6%, Authentidate Holding Corporation ( ADAT), up 13.8%, and Cover-All Technologies ( COVR), up 10.3%.
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Electronic Arts Inc. develops, markets, publishes, and distributes game software content and services for video game consoles, personal computers, mobile phones, tablets and electronic readers, and the Internet. Electronic Arts has a market cap of $5.61 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Electronic Arts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Electronic Arts as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

On the negative front, China Information Technology ( CNIT), down 5.4%, ServiceSource International ( SREV), down 5.1%, CSP ( CSPI), down 4.7%, and Unwired Planet ( UPIP), down 4.6%, were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with Intuit ( INTU) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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