Microsoft Corporation (MSFT): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT) 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 1.2%. By the end of trading, Microsoft Corporation fell $0.50 (-1.3%) to $37.61 on average volume. Throughout the day, 38,552,781 shares of Microsoft Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 44,628,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $37.39-$38.30 after having opened the day at $38.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.11. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: Authentidate Holding Corporation ( ADAT), down 8.7%, Marketo ( MKTO), down 8.7%, Brightcove ( BCOV), down 6.9% and Netsol Technologies ( NTWK), down 5.7%.

Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) develops, licenses, and supports software, services, and hardware devices worldwide. Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $323.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 44.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Microsoft Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Microsoft Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, China Information Technology ( CNIT), up 9.9%, icad ( ICAD), up 9.2%, Daegis ( DAEG), up 4.1% and GRAVITY ( GRVY), up 4.0% , were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Nuance Communications ( NUAN) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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