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

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Sap ( SAP) 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 up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Sap fell $1.37 (-1.9%) to $72.45 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,201,975 shares of Sap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,434,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $72.06-$73.21 after having opened the day at $73.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.82. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution ( KONE), down 11.7%, Helios and Matheson Analytics ( HMNY), down 10.2%, Unwired Planet ( UPIP), down 9.7% and ChyronHego ( CHYR), down 8.1%.

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 $88.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. 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 positive front, Perion Network ( PERI), up 10.7%, China Information Technology ( CNIT), up 10.4%, Sapiens International Corporation ( SPNS), up 10.0% and Callidus Software ( CALD), up 7.2% , were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Accenture ( ACN) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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