Rackspace Hosting Inc. (RAX): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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Rackspace Hosting ( RAX) 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, Rackspace Hosting fell $1.14 (-2.5%) to $45.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,054,801 shares of Rackspace Hosting exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,559,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.62-$46.78 after having opened the day at $46.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.43. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: Jive Software ( JIVE), down 21.4%, Riverbed Technology ( RVBD), down 10.8%, TigerLogic Corporation ( TIGR), down 7.3% and Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution ( KONE), down 5.6%.

Rackspace Hosting, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides cloud computing services, managing Web-based IT systems for small and medium-sized businesses, and large enterprises worldwide. Rackspace Hosting has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 37.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Rackspace Hosting a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rackspace Hosting as a hold. 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 and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

On the positive front, Marketo ( MKTO), up 20.0%, Daegis ( DAEG), up 17.4%, Edgewater Technology ( EDGW), up 17.4% and Synchronoss Technologies ( SNCR), up 14.1% , 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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