SolarWinds Inc. (SWI): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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SolarWinds ( SWI) 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, SolarWinds rose $0.58 (1.5%) to $39.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,007,694 shares of SolarWinds exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,093,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $38.70-$39.91 after having opened the day at $38.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.91. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: EFuture Information Technology ( EFUT), up 34.1%, AutoNavi Holdings ( AMAP), up 8.4%, XRS ( XRSC), up 4.6% and Advent Software ( ADVS), up 4.5%.

SolarWinds, Inc. designs, develops, markets, sells, and supports enterprise-class information technology (IT) and infrastructure management software to IT professionals in various organizations worldwide. SolarWinds has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 25.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate SolarWinds a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SolarWinds as a buy. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, good cash flow from operations 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, Helios and Matheson Analytics ( HMNY), down 14.1%, Descartes Systems Group ( DSGX), down 7.9%, Rally Software Development ( RALY), down 6.8% and Brightcove ( BCOV), down 6.8% , were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with Oracle Corporation ( ORCL) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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