Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Computer Software & Services Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 24 points (-0.2%) at 15,303 as of Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 960 issues advancing vs. 1,922 declining with 143 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Wipro ( WIT), down 2.4%, Nuance Communications ( NUAN), down 2.5%, Infosys ( INFY), down 1.3% and CA ( CA), down 1.0%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Iron Mountain ( IRM) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Iron Mountain is up $0.73 (2.8%) to $26.62 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Iron Mountain exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.05-$26.72 after having opened the day at $26.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.89.

Iron Mountain Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, provides information management services primarily in North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific. Iron Mountain has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 16.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Iron Mountain a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Iron Mountain as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Iron Mountain Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Cerner Corporation ( CERN) is up $0.31 (0.6%) to $48.84 on average volume. Thus far, 830,189 shares of Cerner Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.33-$49.00 after having opened the day at $48.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.53.

Cerner Corporation designs, develops, markets, installs, hosts, and supports healthcare information technology, healthcare devices, hardware, and content solutions for healthcare organizations and consumers worldwide. Cerner Corporation has a market cap of $16.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 24.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Cerner Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cerner Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Cerner Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Sap ( SAP) is up $0.93 (1.3%) to $73.53 on average volume. Thus far, 842,374 shares of Sap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.08-$73.55 after having opened the day at $73.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.60.

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 $86.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 9.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Sap Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Nielsen Holdings ( NLSN) is up $0.30 (0.8%) to $35.74 on light volume. Thus far, 826,547 shares of Nielsen Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.43-$35.82 after having opened the day at $35.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.45.

Nielsen Holdings N.V., an information and measurement company, provides media and marketing information, analytics, and industry expertise about what consumers buy and watch on a global and local basis. Nielsen Holdings has a market cap of $13.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 15.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Nielsen Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nielsen Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally high debt management risk. Get the full Nielsen Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Citrix Systems ( CTXS) is up $1.32 (1.8%) to $73.82 on average volume. Thus far, 921,998 shares of Citrix Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.70-$74.18 after having opened the day at $72.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.50.

Citrix Systems, Inc. provides cloud computing solutions that enable information technology (IT) and service providers to build private and public clouds worldwide. The company operates in two divisions, Enterprise and Online Services. Citrix Systems has a market cap of $13.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Citrix Systems a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Citrix Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Citrix Systems Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the computer software & services industry could consider iShares S&P NA Tech Software Idx ( IGV) while those bearish on the computer software & services industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology ( REW).

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