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

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Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT) 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 0.6%. By the end of trading, Microsoft Corporation fell $0.58 (-1.7%) to $33.30 on light volume. Throughout the day, 34,561,792 shares of Microsoft Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 54,239,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.20-$33.71 after having opened the day at $33.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.88. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: Gigamon ( GIMO), down 7.2%, TigerLogic Corporation ( TIGR), down 6.3%, Liquid Holdings Group ( LIQD), down 6.2% and China Information Technology ( CNIT), down 5.6%.

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 Friday. 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 increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, EFuture Information Technology ( EFUT), up 12.5%, China Mobile Games and Entertainment Group ( CMGE), up 11.9%, Shanda Games ( GAME), up 11.8% and BOS Better Online Solutions ( BOSC), up 11.0% , were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Fortinet ( FTNT) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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