Microsoft Corporation (MSFT): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT) 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 0.3%. By the end of trading, Microsoft Corporation fell $0.44 (-1.3%) to $33.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 42,599,241 shares of Microsoft Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 50,524,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.24-$33.79 after having opened the day at $33.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.75. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: TSR ( TSRI), down 10.0%, TigerLogic Corporation ( TIGR), down 7.8%, Attunity ( ATTU), down 6.5% and Glu Mobile ( GLUU), down 6.4%.
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Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software products and services; and designs and sells hardware worldwide. Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $279.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Microsoft Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

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, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. 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, Interactive Intelligence Group ( ININ), down 19.0%, Responsys ( MKTG), down 12.8%, Helios and Matheson Information Technology ( HMNY), down 11.6% and Digimarc Corporation ( DMRC), down 6.7% , were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Infosys ( INFY) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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