3 Stocks Pushing The Computer Software & Services Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 44 points (0.3%) at 15,464 as of Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,183 issues advancing vs. 1,800 declining with 78 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was Sap ( SAP), up 0.7%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. IHS ( IHS) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, IHS is down $6.03 (-5.2%) to $109.88 on heavy volume. Thus far, 542,845 shares of IHS exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 371,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $106.49-$109.89 after having opened the day at $109.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $115.91.

IHS Inc. provides critical information, insights, and analytics. IHS has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 20.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate IHS a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates IHS as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full IHS Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Salesforce.com ( CRM) is down $0.64 (-1.4%) to $44.75 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Salesforce.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.50-$45.50 after having opened the day at $45.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.39.

salesforce.com, inc. provides enterprise cloud computing solutions to various businesses and industries worldwide. Salesforce.com has a market cap of $26.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 7.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 25 analysts that rate Salesforce.com a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Salesforce.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Salesforce.com Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT) is down $0.27 (-0.8%) to $32.37 on average volume. Thus far, 23.4 million shares of Microsoft Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 48.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.21-$32.51 after having opened the day at $32.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.64.

Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) develops, licenses, and supports software, services, and hardware devices worldwide. Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $272.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 22.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Microsoft Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 15 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, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Microsoft Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the computer software & services industry could consider iShares S&P NA Tech Software Idx ( IGV) while those bearish on the computer software & services industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology ( REW).

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