5 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Computer Software & Services Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 6 points (0.0%) at 14,695 as of Friday, April 26, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 953 issues advancing vs. 1,941 declining with 134 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently sits down 0.09 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.43. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Wipro ( WIT), down 1.55, Citrix Systems ( CTXS), down 1.66 and Accenture ( ACN), down 0.92. A company within the industry that increased today was Intuit ( INTU), up 2.82.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. National Instruments Corporation ( NATI) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, National Instruments Corporation is down $3.79 (-12.4%) to $26.65 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of National Instruments Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 310,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.89-$27.77 after having opened the day at $22.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.44.

National Instruments Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells tools to engineers and scientists worldwide. It offers LabVIEW, a system design software product for measurement and control; and LabVIEW Real-Time and LabVIEW FPGA that are strategic modular software add-ons. National Instruments Corporation has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 41.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates National Instruments 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, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full National Instruments Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Infosys ( INFY) is down $0.96 (-2.4%) to $39.90 on average volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Infosys exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.75-$40.78 after having opened the day at $40.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.86.

Infosys Limited provides business consulting, technology, engineering, and outsourcing services worldwide. Infosys has a market cap of $23.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Infosys as a hold. 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 and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Infosys Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, VeriSign ( VRSN) is down $2.11 (-4.6%) to $43.99 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.3 million shares of VeriSign exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.30-$46.50 after having opened the day at $46.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.10.

VeriSign, Inc. provides Internet infrastructure services worldwide. It offers registry services that operate the authoritative directory of .com, .net, .cc, .tv, and .name domain names, as well as the back-end systems for various .gov, .jobs, and .edu domain names. VeriSign has a market cap of $6.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates VeriSign as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full VeriSign Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Sap AG ADR ( SAP) is down $0.57 (-0.7%) to $78.05 on light volume Thus far, 453,240 shares of Sap AG ADR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.50-$78.09 after having opened the day at $77.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.62.

SAP AG provides enterprise application software and software-related services worldwide. It offers products in applications, analytics, cloud, mobile, and database and technology categories. Sap AG ADR has a market cap of $95.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sap AG ADR as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Sap AG ADR Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT) is down $0.30 (-0.9%) to $31.64 on average volume Thus far, 25.0 million shares of Microsoft Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 49.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.45-$31.96 after having opened the day at $31.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.94.

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software products and services; and designs and sells hardware worldwide. Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $265.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Microsoft 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, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Microsoft Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the computer software & services industry could consider iShares S&P NA Tech Software Idx ( IGV) while those bearish on the computer software & services industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology ( REW).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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