F5 Networks Inc. (FFIV): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

F5 Networks ( FFIV) 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 0.6%. By the end of trading, F5 Networks rose $1.62 (2.0%) to $81.41 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,743,921 shares of F5 Networks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,706,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $79.24-$81.95 after having opened the day at $79.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.79. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Shanda Games ( GAME), up 11.2%, Marketo ( MKTO), up 8.9%, Intelligent Systems ( INS), up 8.3% and E2open ( EOPN), up 7.5%.

F5 Networks, Inc. provides application delivery networking technology that secures and optimizes the delivery of network-based applications, and the security, performance, and availability of servers and other network resources. F5 Networks has a market cap of $6.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 21.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate F5 Networks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates F5 Networks 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 expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, premium valuation and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Helios and Matheson Analytics ( HMNY), down 7.2%, The9 ( NCTY), down 7.2%, NCI ( NCIT), down 6.6% and Webmedia Brands ( WEBM), down 5.7% , were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with Salesforce.com ( CRM) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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