5 Stocks Pushing The Computer Software & Services Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 46 points (-0.3%) at 15,208 as of Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,093 issues advancing vs. 1,832 declining with 114 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently sits down 0.35 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.24. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS), down 1.43, Activision Blizzard ( ATVI), down 1.03 and Automatic Data Processing ( ADP), down 0.73.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. Citrix Systems ( CTXS) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Citrix Systems is down $1.11 (-1.8%) to $62.23 on average volume Thus far, 870,444 shares of Citrix Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.02-$63.33 after having opened the day at $63.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.34.

Citrix Systems, Inc. provides cloud computing solutions that enable information technology (IT) and service providers to build private and public clouds worldwide. The company operates in two divisions, Enterprise and Online Services. Citrix Systems has a market cap of $12.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Citrix Systems a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Citrix Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Citrix Systems Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Symantec ( SYMC) is down $0.42 (-1.9%) to $21.98 on heavy volume Thus far, 6.1 million shares of Symantec exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.92-$22.41 after having opened the day at $22.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.40.

Symantec Corporation provides security, storage, and systems management solutions to various organization and consumers worldwide. It operates in four segments: Consumer, Security and Compliance, Storage and Server Management, and Services. Symantec has a market cap of $15.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Symantec a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Symantec 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, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Symantec Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Accenture ( ACN) is down $0.69 (-0.8%) to $81.41 on average volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Accenture exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.10-$82.29 after having opened the day at $81.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.10.

Accenture plc operates as a management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company worldwide. Accenture has a market cap of $53.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.8, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Accenture a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Accenture 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Accenture Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Salesforce.com ( CRM) is down $1.19 (-2.9%) to $39.85 on heavy volume Thus far, 12.5 million shares of Salesforce.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.52-$40.19 after having opened the day at $39.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.04.

salesforce.com, inc. provides enterprise cloud computing solutions to various businesses and industries worldwide. Salesforce.com has a market cap of $25.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 26 analysts that rate Salesforce.com a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Salesforce.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Salesforce.com Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, International Business Machines ( IBM) is down $1.96 (-0.9%) to $206.99 on light volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of International Business Machines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $206.84-$209.00 after having opened the day at $208.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $208.95.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Global Technology Services, Global Business Services, Software, Systems and Technology, and Global Financing. International Business Machines has a market cap of $230.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate International Business Machines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Business Machines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full International Business Machines Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the computer software & services industry could consider iShares S&P NA Tech Software Idx ( IGV) while those bearish on the computer software & services industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology ( REW).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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