NLSN, FFIV, CTXS, DDD And ACN, 5 Computer Software & Services Stocks Pushing The Industry Lower

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 41 points (-0.3%) at 15,444 as of Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 951 issues advancing vs. 1,969 declining with 95 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Gartner ( IT), down 2.2%, Splunk ( SPLK), down 2.0%, Computer Sciences Corporation ( CSC), down 1.7%, NetSuite ( N), down 1.8% and IHS ( IHS), down 1.4%. A company within the industry that increased today was Konami Corporation ( KNM), up 5.3%.

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

5. Nielsen Holdings ( NLSN) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Nielsen Holdings is down $0.61 (-1.8%) to $33.83 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Nielsen Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.72-$34.52 after having opened the day at $34.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.44.

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. Shares are up 12.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Nielsen Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates 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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4. As of noon trading, F5 Networks ( FFIV) is down $1.21 (-1.5%) to $80.20 on average volume. Thus far, 949,750 shares of F5 Networks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.80-$82.00 after having opened the day at $81.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.41.

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 $6.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 17.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate F5 Networks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 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. Get the full F5 Networks Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Citrix Systems ( CTXS) is down $0.44 (-0.7%) to $66.12 on average volume. Thus far, 980,581 shares of Citrix Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.77-$66.62 after having opened the day at $66.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.56.

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 $12.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 2.7% 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 7 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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2. As of noon trading, 3D Systems Corporation ( DDD) is down $1.53 (-3.2%) to $46.78 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of 3D Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.64-$48.70 after having opened the day at $48.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.31.

3D Systems Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets 3D printers, print materials, on-demand custom parts services, and 3D authoring solutions for professionals and consumers. 3D Systems Corporation has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 34.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate 3D Systems Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3D Systems Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full 3D Systems Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Accenture ( ACN) is down $1.12 (-1.5%) to $75.13 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Accenture exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.07-$76.62 after having opened the day at $75.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.25.

Accenture plc provides management consulting, technology, and business process outsourcing services worldwide. Accenture has a market cap of $48.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 13.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Accenture a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 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 low profit margins. Get the full Accenture Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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).

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