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

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Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Software & Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Microsoft Corporation fell $0.53 (-1.5%) to $35.74 on light volume. Throughout the day, 35,374,532 shares of Microsoft Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 49,468,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $35.49-$36.39 after having opened the day at $36.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.27. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: Velti ( VELT), down 16.0%, Glu Mobile ( GLUU), down 4.9%, inContact ( SAAS), down 4.6% and Attunity ( ATTU), down 3.8%.

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software products and services; and designs and sells hardware worldwide. Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $302.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 35.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Microsoft Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 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, increase in stock price during the past year, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. 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 positive front, Igate Corporation ( IGTE), up 11.4%, Intelligent Systems ( INS), up 7.4%, Procera Networks ( PKT), up 7.0% and KongZhong Corporation ( KONG), up 7.0% , were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Symantec ( SYMC) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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