3 Stocks Pushing The Computer Software & Services Industry Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 15,098 as of Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,393 issues advancing vs. 1,555 declining with 92 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%.

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

3. CA ( CA) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, CA is down $0.23 (-0.7%) to $30.76 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of CA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.68-$31.00 after having opened the day at $30.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.99.

CA Technologies, together with its subsidiaries, provides enterprise information technology (IT) management software and solutions that help customers manage and secure IT environments in the United States and internationally. CA has a market cap of $14.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 42.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate CA a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CA as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full CA Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Citrix Systems ( CTXS) is down $0.55 (-0.8%) to $72.02 on light volume. Thus far, 460,340 shares of Citrix Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.97-$72.73 after having opened the day at $72.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.57.

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 $13.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 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. Get the full Citrix Systems Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Oracle Corporation ( ORCL) is down $0.24 (-0.7%) to $32.49 on light volume. Thus far, 10.5 million shares of Oracle Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 28.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.40-$32.85 after having opened the day at $32.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.73.

Oracle Corporation develops, manufactures, markets, hosts, and supports database and middleware software, applications software, and hardware systems. Oracle Corporation has a market cap of $155.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Oracle Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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