Catamaran Corp (CTRX): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Catamaran ( CTRX) 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 down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Catamaran rose $0.85 (1.8%) to $49.22 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,199,639 shares of Catamaran exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,525,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $47.85-$49.22 after having opened the day at $48.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.37. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: TigerLogic Corporation ( TIGR), up 11.3%, Shanda Games ( GAME), up 9.3%, CollabRx ( CLRX), up 8.4% and Descartes Systems Group ( DSGX), up 7.0%.
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Catamaran Corporation provides pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services and healthcare information technology (HCIT) solutions to the healthcare benefits management industry in North America. The company operates in two segments: PBM and HCIT. Catamaran has a market cap of $9.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 64.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Catamaran a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Catamaran as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, ChyronHego ( CHYR), down 8.2%, DTS ( DTSI), down 6.4%, Digimarc Corporation ( DMRC), down 5.3% and SAIC ( SAI), down 4.9% , were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with Symantec ( SYMC) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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