Sap AG (SAP): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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Sap ( SAP) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Software & Services laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Sap fell $2.33 (-3.0%) to $75.87 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,895,807 shares of Sap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,276,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $75.63-$77.20 after having opened the day at $77.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.20. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: Wireless Ronin Technologies ( RNIN), down 29.4%, China Digital TV ( STV), down 8.7%, CSP ( CSPI), down 5.6% and Ninetowns Internet Technology Group Company ( NINE), down 5.5%.
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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 has a market cap of $93.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Sap a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sap as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, increase in net income 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 positive front, Intelligent Systems ( INS), down 13.5%, China Information Technology ( CNIT), down 9.1%, DTS ( DTSI), down 9.1% and Datawatch Corporation ( DWCH), down 6.1% , were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Nielsen Holdings ( NLSN) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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