Adobe Systems Inc (ADBE): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Adobe Systems ( ADBE) 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 up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Adobe Systems rose $0.69 (1.4%) to $51.57 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,869,615 shares of Adobe Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,183,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $50.02-$51.67 after having opened the day at $50.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.88. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Liquid Holdings Group ( LIQD), up 12.0%, TigerLogic Corporation ( TIGR), up 7.4%, icad ( ICAD), up 7.2% and Attunity ( ATTU), up 7.0%.

Adobe Systems Incorporated operates as a diversified software company worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Digital Media, Digital Marketing, and Print and Publishing. Adobe Systems has a market cap of $25.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 36.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Adobe Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Adobe Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, FAB Universal ( FU), down 9.1%, Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution ( KONE), down 6.7%, Benefitfocus ( BNFT), down 5.4% and Astea International ( ATEA), down 5.3%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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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