Red Hat Inc. (RHT): Today's Featured Technology Laggard

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Red Hat ( RHT) pushed the Technology sector lower today making it today's featured Technology laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Red Hat fell $0.64 (-1.3%) to $48.61 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,899,748 shares of Red Hat exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,605,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $48.10-$49.40 after having opened the day at $49.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.25. Other companies within the Technology sector that declined today were: Intelsat ( I), down 62.6%, Deltathree ( DDDC), down 30.0%, Affymetrix ( AFFX), down 9.4% and Park City Group ( PCYG), down 9.4%.
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Red Hat, Inc. provides open source software solutions to enterprise customers worldwide. The company also offers enterprise-ready open source operating system platforms. Red Hat has a market cap of $9.5 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 66.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Red Hat as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Power-One ( PWER), down 56.7%, Webmedia Brands ( WEBM), down 24.6%, Voltari ( VLTC), down 20.0% and Performance Technologies ( PTIX), down 18.3% , were all gainers within the technology sector with Qualcomm ( QCOM) being today's featured technology sector leader.

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