Microsoft Corporation (MSFT): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT) 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 0.7%. By the end of trading, Microsoft Corporation rose $0.35 (1.0%) to $34.70 on light volume. Throughout the day, 29,155,566 shares of Microsoft Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 51,849,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $34.32-$34.81 after having opened the day at $34.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.35. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: UBIC Inc ADR ( UBIC), up 15.2%, Innovative Solutions and Support ( ISSC), up 10.4%, Allscripts Healthcare Solutions ( MDRX), up 10.1% and Perion Network ( PERI), up 6.8%.

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software products and services; and designs and sells hardware worldwide. Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $286.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 28.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Microsoft Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Microsoft Corporation 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, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, TSR ( TSRI), down 8.0%, Rackspace Hosting ( RAX), down 6.8%, Sonic Foundry ( SOFO), down 4.5% and FalconStor Software ( FALC), down 3.8%.

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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