4 Stocks Moving The Computer Software & Services Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 20 points (-0.1%) at 15,298 as of Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,604 issues advancing vs. 474 declining with 57 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.17.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. Nielsen Holdings ( NLSN) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Nielsen Holdings is up $0.41 (1.17) to $35.49 on light volume Thus far, 601,356 shares of Nielsen Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.97-$35.49 after having opened the day at $34.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.08.

Nielsen Holdings N.V., an information and measurement company, provides media and marketing information, analytics, and industry expertise about what consumers buy and watch on a global and local basis. Nielsen Holdings has a market cap of $13.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 44.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Nielsen Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nielsen Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Nielsen Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Autodesk ( ADSK) is up $1.03 (2.93) to $36.16 on average volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Autodesk exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.30-$36.29 after having opened the day at $35.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.13.

Autodesk, Inc. operates as a design software and services company worldwide. Autodesk has a market cap of $8.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Autodesk a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Autodesk as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Autodesk Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Adobe Systems ( ADBE) is up $2.77 (6.39) to $46.13 on heavy volume Thus far, 7.7 million shares of Adobe Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.35-$46.44 after having opened the day at $46.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.36.

Adobe Systems Incorporated operates as a diversified software company worldwide. It offers a line of software and services used by creative professionals, marketers, knowledge workers, application developers, enterprises, and consumers. Adobe Systems has a market cap of $21.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Adobe Systems a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, VMware ( VMW) is up $1.09 (1.55) to $71.35 on average volume Thus far, 1.0 million shares of VMware exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.69-$71.79 after having opened the day at $70.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.26.

VMware, Inc. provides virtualization infrastructure solutions in the United States and internationally. VMware has a market cap of $9.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 41.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 25.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate VMware a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VMware as a hold. 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 and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full VMware 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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