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 down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Sap fell $0.93 (-1.2%) to $74.01 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,548,830 shares of Sap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,397,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $73.94-$75.41 after having opened the day at $75.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.94. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: Sungame ( SGMZ), down 42.9%, FAB Universal ( FU), down 17.6%, Liquid Holdings Group ( LIQD), down 8.2% and TigerLogic Corporation ( TIGR), down 7.8%.

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 $87.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 8.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 growth in earnings per share. 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, Textura ( TXTR), up 12.3%, Authentidate Holding Corporation ( ADAT), up 9.0%, Smith Micro Software ( SMSI), up 7.6% and Bsquare Corporation ( BSQR), up 7.3% , were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with ServiceNow ( NOW) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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