Oracle Corporation (ORCL): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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Oracle Corporation ( ORCL) 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 down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Oracle Corporation fell $0.35 (-1.1%) to $32.06 on light volume. Throughout the day, 13,245,618 shares of Oracle Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 28,099,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $32.01-$32.70 after having opened the day at $32.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.41. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: 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%.

Oracle Corporation develops, manufactures, markets, hosts, and supports database and middleware software, applications software, and hardware systems. Oracle Corporation has a market cap of $151.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with SolarWinds ( SWI) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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