Salesforce.com Inc. (CRM): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Salesforce.com ( CRM) 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 1.8%. By the end of trading, Salesforce.com rose $3.01 (5.2%) to $60.97 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,942,021 shares of Salesforce.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,089,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $58.71-$61.49 after having opened the day at $58.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.96. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Accelrys ( ACCL), up 29.3%, GlobalSCAPE Incorporated ( GSB), up 18.9%, Concur Technologies ( CNQR), up 17.1% and ServiceNow ( NOW), up 13.9%.

salesforce.com, inc. provides enterprise cloud computing solutions to various businesses and industries worldwide. Salesforce.com has a market cap of $35.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 5.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Salesforce.com a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Salesforce.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

On the negative front, Vringo ( VRNG), down 10.2%, UBIC Inc ADR ( UBIC), down 8.5%, Symantec ( SYMC), down 7.3% and Sungame ( SGMZ), down 6.9% , 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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