Citrix Systems Inc. (CTXS): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Citrix Systems ( CTXS) 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 0.4%. By the end of trading, Citrix Systems rose $1.20 (1.8%) to $68.98 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,478,373 shares of Citrix Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,107,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $67.41-$69.10 after having opened the day at $67.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.78. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Wave Systems Corporation ( WAVX), up 12.5%, Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution ( KONE), up 8.1%, Image Sensing Systems ( ISNS), up 7.3% and 3D Systems Corporation ( DDD), up 6.7%.

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 $12.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Citrix Systems a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 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 robust 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.

On the negative front, Shanda Games ( GAME), down 20.2%, Changyou.com ( CYOU), down 19.9%, AutoNavi Holdings ( AMAP), down 7.2% and ChyronHego ( CHYR), down 6.9% , were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with NetSuite ( N) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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