Electronic Arts Inc. (EA): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Electronic Arts ( EA) 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 0.4%. By the end of trading, Electronic Arts rose $2.56 (11.9%) to $24.10 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 13,859,674 shares of Electronic Arts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,327,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.97-$24.28 after having opened the day at $23.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.54. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution ( KONE), up 148.5%, Ninetowns Internet Technology Group Company ( NINE), up 27.0%, FalconStor Software ( FALC), up 14.2% and Shanda Games ( GAME), up 10.7%.

Electronic Arts Inc. develops, markets, publishes, and distributes game software content and services for video game consoles, personal computers, mobile phones, tablets and electronic readers, and the Internet. Electronic Arts has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Electronic Arts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Electronic Arts as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that revenues have generally been declining.

On the negative front, icad ( ICAD), down 7.3%, Liquid Holdings Group ( LIQD), down 6.8%, ARC Document Solutions ( ARC), down 6.3% and Vicon Industries ( VII), down 5.8% , were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with VMware ( VMW) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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