Activision Blizzard Inc. (ATVI): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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Activision Blizzard ( ATVI) 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 0.8%. By the end of trading, Activision Blizzard fell $0.17 (-1.0%) to $16.58 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,292,555 shares of Activision Blizzard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,966,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.39-$16.75 after having opened the day at $16.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.75. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: Velti ( VELT), down 65.9%, China Digital TV ( STV), down 10.1%, EFuture Information Technology ( EFUT), down 7.7% and Bottomline Technologies ( EPAY), down 7.1%.

Activision Blizzard, Inc. publishes online, personal computer (PC), console, handheld, and mobile interactive entertainment products worldwide. It operates in three segments: Activision, Blizzard, and Distribution. Activision Blizzard has a market cap of $18.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 58.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Activision Blizzard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Activision Blizzard as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Astea International ( ATEA), up 18.9%, XRS ( XRSC), up 14.2%, Mediabistro ( MBIS), up 5.6% and Webmedia Brands ( WEBM), up 5.6% , were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with VMware ( VMW) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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