VMware Inc. (VMW): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

VMware ( VMW) 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 down 0.2%. By the end of trading, VMware rose $1.01 (1.4%) to $72.02 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,020,956 shares of VMware exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,565,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $70.82-$72.42 after having opened the day at $70.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.01. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: TSR ( TSRI), up 10.0%, Glu Mobile ( GLUU), up 8.1%, Bally Technologies ( BYI), up 7.0% and Konami Corporation ( KNM), up 5.4%.

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. Shares are down 24.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate VMware a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 17 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.

On the negative front, UBIC Inc ADR ( UBIC), down 8.9%, Daegis ( DAEG), down 7.0%, Medidata Solutions ( MDSO), down 6.8% and Gigamon ( GIMO), down 6.2% , were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with Accenture ( ACN) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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