Electronic Arts Inc. (EA): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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Electronic Arts ( EA) 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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Electronic Arts fell $0.45 (-1.7%) to $26.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,784,710 shares of Electronic Arts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,651,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.13-$26.88 after having opened the day at $26.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.60. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: Sungame ( SGMZ), down 23.1%, Astea International ( ATEA), down 11.6%, FAB Universal ( FU), down 10.6% and TSR ( TSRI), down 7.1%.

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 $8.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 82.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, China Information Technology ( CNIT), up 13.4%, Changyou.com ( CYOU), up 10.3%, FireEye ( FEYE), up 7.3% and Sonic Foundry ( SOFO), up 5.9% , were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Salesforce.com ( CRM) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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