Citrix Systems Inc. (CTXS): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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Citrix Systems ( CTXS) 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 up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Citrix Systems fell $1.19 (-2.0%) to $58.81 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,792,698 shares of Citrix Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,044,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $58.40-$60.00 after having opened the day at $59.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.00. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: 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%.

Citrix Systems, Inc. provides cloud computing solutions that enable information technology (IT) and service providers to build private and public clouds worldwide. The company operates in two divisions, Enterprise and Online Services. Citrix Systems has a market cap of $10.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Citrix Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Citrix Systems as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Splunk ( SPLK) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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