Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Computer Software & Services Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 31 points (0.2%) at 16,096 as of Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,434 issues advancing vs. 1,496 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was 3D Systems Corporation ( DDD), up 3.4%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Giant Interactive Group ( GA) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Giant Interactive Group is up $1.21 (11.9%) to $11.34 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.6 million shares of Giant Interactive Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.06-$11.43 after having opened the day at $11.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.13.

Giant Interactive Group Inc. develops and operates online games in the People's Republic of China. It primarily offers multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPGs). The company operates 13 games, including 10 MMORPGs, 1 casual massively multiplayer online game, and 2 strategy Web games. Giant Interactive Group has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 87.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Giant Interactive Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Giant Interactive Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, 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. Get the full Giant Interactive Group Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Nielsen Holdings ( NLSN) is up $0.62 (1.5%) to $41.74 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Nielsen Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.49-$42.30 after having opened the day at $41.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.12.

Nielsen Holdings N.V., an information and measurement company, provides media and marketing information, analytics, and industry expertise about what consumers buy and watch on a global and local basis. Nielsen Holdings has a market cap of $15.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Nielsen Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nielsen Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Nielsen Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Activision Blizzard ( ATVI) is up $0.29 (1.7%) to $17.50 on average volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Activision Blizzard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.32-$17.56 after having opened the day at $17.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.21.

Activision Blizzard, Inc. publishes online, personal computer (PC), console, handheld, and mobile interactive entertainment products worldwide. It operates in three segments: Activision, Blizzard, and Distribution. Activision Blizzard has a market cap of $12.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 63.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Activision Blizzard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Activision Blizzard as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Activision Blizzard Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Intuit ( INTU) is up $0.77 (1.1%) to $72.80 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Intuit exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.75-$72.99 after having opened the day at $72.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.03.

Intuit Inc. provides business and financial management solutions for small businesses, consumers, and accounting professionals in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, and Singapore. Intuit has a market cap of $20.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Intuit a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intuit as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, notable return on equity, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Intuit Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Adobe Systems ( ADBE) is up $0.45 (0.8%) to $56.86 on light volume. Thus far, 877,213 shares of Adobe Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.50-$56.93 after having opened the day at $56.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.41.

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 $28.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 63.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 49.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 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 solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Adobe Systems Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, 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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