Sap AG (SAP): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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Sap ( SAP) 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 down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Sap fell $0.99 (-1.2%) to $81.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 956,231 shares of Sap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,121,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $81.30-$82.15 after having opened the day at $81.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.40. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: The9 ( NCTY), down 7.6%, CounterPath Corporation ( CPAH), down 6.5%, Synchronoss Technologies ( SNCR), down 5.8% and NQ Mobile ( NQ), down 5.7%.

SAP AG provides enterprise application software and software-related services worldwide. It offers products in applications, analytics, cloud, mobile, and database and technology categories. Sap has a market cap of $98.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Sap a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sap as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Authentidate Holding Corporation ( ADAT), up 9.6%, Evertec ( EVTC), up 7.7%, Cover-All Technologies ( COVR), up 6.5% and 3D Systems Corporation ( DDD), up 6.0% , were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Zynga ( ZNGA) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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