Sourcefire Inc. (FIRE): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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Sourcefire ( FIRE) 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 up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Sourcefire fell $0.67 (-1.3%) to $51.14 on light volume. Throughout the day, 480,163 shares of Sourcefire exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 953,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $50.68-$51.75 after having opened the day at $51.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.81. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: Wave Systems Corporation ( WAVX), down 27.3%, Unisys Corporation ( UIS), down 19.9%, Webmedia Brands ( WEBM), down 12.6% and CSP ( CSPI), down 6.9%.
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Sourcefire, Inc. provides intelligent cybersecurity technologies worldwide. Sourcefire has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 319.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sourcefire as a hold. 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 and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year.

On the positive front, Cimatron ( CIMT), down 16.4%, Velti ( VELT), down 13.0%, China Information Technology ( CNIT), down 12.2% and Unwired Planet ( UPIP), down 6.8% , were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Accenture ( ACN) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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