FactSet Research Systems Inc. (FDS): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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FactSet Research Systems ( FDS) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Software & Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, FactSet Research Systems fell $1.23 (-1.2%) to $99.37 on average volume. Throughout the day, 377,386 shares of FactSet Research Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 458,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $99.03-$101.05 after having opened the day at $100.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.60. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: 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%.
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FactSet Research Systems Inc. provides financial and economic information to investment community worldwide. FactSet Research Systems has a market cap of $4.42 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is one analyst that rates FactSet Research Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FactSet Research Systems 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, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, MakeMusic ( MMUS), up 31.1%, Astea International ( ATEA), up 12.3%, Chyron Corporation ( CHYR), up 11.6%, and VMWare ( VMW), up 8.1%, were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Informatica Corporation ( INFA) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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