Microsoft Corporation (MSFT): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry higher today making it today's featured computer software & services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Microsoft Corporation rose $0.50 (1.5%) to $33.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 52,893,342 shares of Microsoft Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 54,239,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.87-$33.75 after having opened the day at $32.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.77. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Sungame ( SGMZ), up 29.4%, Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution ( KONE), up 14.6%, ServiceSource International ( SREV), up 8.3% and Cerner Corporation ( CERN), up 8.0%.

Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) develops, licenses, and supports software, services, and hardware devices worldwide. Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $270.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 21.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Microsoft Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Microsoft Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, FAB Universal ( FU), down 9.8%, Datawatch Corporation ( DWCH), down 8.0%, Tableau Software Inc Class A ( DATA), down 4.5% and NQ Mobile ( NQ), down 4.3% , were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with International Game Technology ( IGT) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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