Oracle Corporation (ORCL): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

Oracle Corporation ( ORCL) 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 up 1.6%. By the end of trading, Oracle Corporation rose $0.31 (1.0%) to $30.45 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 39,140,588 shares of Oracle Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25,960,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $30.29-$31.14 after having opened the day at $30.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.14. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Marketo ( MKTO), up 9.7%, SciQuest ( SQI), up 8.8%, China Information Technology ( CNIT), up 7.9% and FalconStor Software ( FALC), up 7.8%.

Oracle Corporation develops, manufactures, markets, hosts, and supports database and middleware software, applications software, and hardware systems. Oracle Corporation has a market cap of $141.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Oracle Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Oracle Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels 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 negative front, Textura ( TXTR), down 6.5%, Ebix ( EBIX), down 4.4%, The9 ( NCTY), down 3.0% and Mind C.T.I ( MNDO), down 2.8%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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).

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