Oracle Corporation (ORCL): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Oracle Corporation ( ORCL) 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 0.3%. By the end of trading, Oracle Corporation rose $0.32 (1.0%) to $32.39 on light volume. Throughout the day, 19,821,407 shares of Oracle Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 30,374,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.30-$32.56 after having opened the day at $32.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.07. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: VMware ( VMW), up 16.7%, Descartes Systems Group ( DSGX), up 8.3%, Sungame ( SGMZ), up 6.8% and Electronic Arts ( EA), up 6.7%.

Oracle Corporation develops, manufactures, markets, hosts, and supports database and middleware software, applications software, and hardware systems. Oracle Corporation has a market cap of $147.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Oracle Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Oracle Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, 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 negative front, Greenway Medical Technologies ( GWAY), down 6.8%, Daegis ( DAEG), down 6.2%, The9 ( NCTY), down 5.3% and Datawatch Corporation ( DWCH), down 4.7% , were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with Intuit ( INTU) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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