Informatica Corporation (INFA): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Informatica Corporation ( INFA) 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 down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Informatica Corporation rose 71 cents (1.9%) to $37.44 on light volume. Throughout the day, one million shares of Informatica Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.92-$37.54 after having opened the day at $37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.73. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: MakeMusic ( MMUS), up 31.1%, Astea International ( ATEA), up 12.3%, Chyron Corporation ( CHYR), up 11.6%, and VMWare ( VMW), up 8.1%.
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Informatica Corporation provides enterprise data integration and data quality software and services worldwide. Informatica Corporation has a market cap of $3.97 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 44.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Informatica Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Informatica Corporation 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, 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.

On the negative front, Velti ( VELT), down 22.8%, Majesco Entertainment Company ( COOL), down 15.3%, Park City Group ( PCYG), down 12.2%, and Wave Systems Corporation ( WAVX), down 10%, were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with FactSet Research Systems ( FDS) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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