Intuit Inc. (INTU): Today's Featured Technology Laggard

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Intuit ( INTU) pushed the Technology sector lower today making it today's featured Technology laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 2.8%. By the end of trading, Intuit fell $7.10 (-11.1%) to $57.09 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 15,413,315 shares of Intuit exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,028,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $55.54-$57.97 after having opened the day at $55.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.19. Other companies within the Technology sector that declined today were: Maxcom Telecomunicaciones S.A.B. de C.V ( MXT), down 18.2%, Mellanox Technologies ( MLNX), down 12.5%, Ambient Corporation ( AMBT), down 7.4% and Citrix Systems ( CTXS), down 7.0%.
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Intuit Inc. provides business and financial management solutions for small businesses, consumers, accounting professionals, and financial institutions primarily in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, and Singapore. Intuit has a market cap of $19.0 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intuit as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Voltari ( VLTC), down 1426.8%, Deltathree ( DDDC), down 42.9%, Angie's List ( ANGI), down 28.9% and Infinera Corporation ( INFN), down 23.4% , were all gainers within the technology sector with Sap AG ADR ( SAP) being today's featured technology sector leader.

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