Oracle Corporation (ORCL): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Oracle Corporation ( ORCL) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry higher today making it today's featured computer software & services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Oracle Corporation rose $0.54 (1.7%) to $32.78 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 43,544,209 shares of Oracle Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24,168,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.22-$32.87 after having opened the day at $32.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.24. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: GlobalSCAPE Incorporated ( GSB), up 11.0%, Greenway Medical Technologies ( GWAY), up 8.8%, e-Future Information Technology ( EFUT), up 7.9% and 3D Systems Corporation ( DDD), up 6.9%.
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Oracle Corporation develops, manufactures, markets, hosts, and supports database and middleware software, applications software, and hardware systems. Oracle Corporation has a market cap of $152.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Oracle Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Nuance Communications ( NUAN), down 18.3%, Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution ( KONE), down 12.6%, MicroStrategy ( MSTR), down 9.2% and Webmedia Brands ( WEBM), down 8.0% , were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with VMWare ( VMW) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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