Sap AG (SAP): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Sap ( SAP) 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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Sap rose $1.22 (1.6%) to $76.22 on light volume. Throughout the day, 892,220 shares of Sap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,563,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $75.79-$76.58 after having opened the day at $76.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.00. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: FalconStor Software ( FALC), up 12.0%, Shanda Games ( GAME), up 10.8%, Astea International ( ATEA), up 8.3% and FAB Universal ( FU), up 6.0%.

SAP AG provides enterprise application software and software-related services worldwide. It offers products in applications, analytics, cloud, mobile, and database and technology categories. Sap has a market cap of $88.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 6.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Sap a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sap as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Asure Software ( ASUR), down 11.2%, Luxoft Holding Inc Class A ( LXFT), down 9.3%, MiX Telematics Ltd ADR ( MIXT), down 6.0% and Tableau Software Inc Class A ( DATA), down 5.8% , were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with Accenture ( ACN) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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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