Splunk Inc (SPLK): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Splunk ( SPLK) 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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Splunk rose $1.13 (1.6%) to $70.79 on light volume. Throughout the day, 975,408 shares of Splunk exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,367,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $69.21-$71.67 after having opened the day at $69.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.66. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Authentidate Holding Corporation ( ADAT), up 18.9%, Responsys ( MKTG), up 10.9%, BOS Better Online Solutions ( BOSC), up 8.6% and ServiceSource International ( SREV), up 7.1%.

Splunk, Inc. provides software solutions that provide real-time operational intelligence. Splunk has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 142.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Splunk a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Splunk as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the negative front, GlobalSCAPE Incorporated ( GSB), down 6.5%, Electronic Arts ( EA), down 6.0%, Park City Group ( PCYG), down 5.4% and Innovative Solutions and Support ( ISSC), down 4.9% , were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with Citrix Systems ( CTXS) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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