SolarWinds Inc. (SWI): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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SolarWinds ( SWI) 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 0.2%. By the end of trading, SolarWinds rose $0.48 (1.5%) to $33.37 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,448,780 shares of SolarWinds exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,146,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.95-$33.84 after having opened the day at $32.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.89. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Giant Interactive Group ( GA), up 12.6%, TigerLogic Corporation ( TIGR), up 9.4%, Systemax ( SYX), up 6.4% and Smith Micro Software ( SMSI), up 6.4%.

SolarWinds, Inc. designs, develops, markets, sells, and supports enterprise-class information technology (IT) and infrastructure management software to IT professionals in various organizations worldwide. SolarWinds has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 37.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate SolarWinds a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SolarWinds as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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.

On the negative front, NQ Mobile ( NQ), down 7.3%, Helios and Matheson Analytics ( HMNY), down 6.8%, CounterPath Corporation ( CPAH), down 6.5% and Daegis ( DAEG), down 6.4% , were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with Salesforce.com ( CRM) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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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