Cerner Corporation (CERN): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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Cerner Corporation ( CERN) 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 0.7%. By the end of trading, Cerner Corporation fell $1.09 (-1.1%) to $94.79 on average volume. Throughout the day, 851,888 shares of Cerner Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 832,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $94.11-$95.53 after having opened the day at $94.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $95.88. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: Greenway Medical Technologies ( GWAY), down 22.9%, Crexendo ( EXE), down 8.5%, BluePhoenix Solutions ( BPHX), down 5.7% and Helios and Matheson Information Technology ( HMNY), down 5.0%.
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Cerner Corporation designs, develops, markets, installs, hosts, and supports healthcare information technology, healthcare devices, hardware, and content solutions for healthcare organizations and consumers worldwide. Cerner Corporation has a market cap of $15.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cerner Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Medidata Solutions ( MDSO), down 20.8%, Mitek Systems ( MITK), down 10.8%, China Mobile Games and Entertainment Group ( CMGE), down 7.8% and LogMeIn ( LOGM), down 7.0% , were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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