Total System Services Inc. (TSS): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Total System Services ( TSS) 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 0.5%. By the end of trading, Total System Services rose $0.53 (1.7%) to $31.32 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,052,244 shares of Total System Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,100,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $30.98-$31.44 after having opened the day at $31.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.79. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Intelligent Systems ( INS), up 17.0%, Authentidate Holding Corporation ( ADAT), up 8.2%, ChannelAdvisor ( ECOM), up 5.2% and China Mobile Games and Entertainment Group ( CMGE), up 4.5%.

Total System Services, Inc. provides payment processing and other services to card-issuing and merchant acquiring institutions in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: North America Services, International Services, and Merchant Services. Total System Services has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 43.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Total System Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Total System Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Velti ( VELT), down 15.8%, ServiceSource International ( SREV), down 10.4%, Wave Systems Corporation ( WAVX), down 6.3% and Descartes Systems Group ( DSGX), down 6.1% , were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with Workday ( WDAY) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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