Electronic Arts Inc. (EA): Today's Featured Technology Laggard

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Electronic Arts ( EA) pushed the Technology sector lower today making it today's featured Technology laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Electronic Arts fell $0.92 (-3.3%) to $26.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,219,918 shares of Electronic Arts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,836,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.46-$27.41 after having opened the day at $27.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.68. Other companies within the Technology sector that declined today were: The9 ( NCTY), down 11.1%, Liquid Holdings Group ( LIQD), down 10.8%, Daegis ( DAEG), down 10.3% and Deltathree ( DDDC), down 10.0%.

Electronic Arts Inc. develops, markets, publishes, and distributes game software content and services for video game consoles, personal computers, mobile phones, tablets and electronic readers, and the Internet. Electronic Arts has a market cap of $8.6 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 90.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Electronic Arts a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Electronic Arts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, LTX-Credence Corporation ( LTXC), up 37.9%, KongZhong Corporation ( KONG), up 23.9%, LiveDeal ( LIVE), up 23.0% and Datawatch Corporation ( DWCH), up 18.0% , were all gainers within the technology sector with Automatic Data Processing ( ADP) being today's featured technology sector leader.

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