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

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Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT) 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 down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Microsoft Corporation rose $0.98 (2.7%) to $37.84 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 86,055,708 shares of Microsoft Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 40,511,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.56-$37.89 after having opened the day at $36.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.86. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Zynga ( ZNGA), up 23.6%, Computer Programs and Systems ( CPSI), up 17.6%, Proofpoint ( PFPT), up 10.8% and Unisys Corporation ( UIS), up 10.0%.

Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) develops, licenses, and supports software, services, and hardware devices worldwide. Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $304.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Microsoft Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 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 negative front, Top Image Systems ( TISA), down 12.1%, Textura ( TXTR), down 9.8%, NetSuite ( N), down 7.2% and National Instruments Corporation ( NATI), down 7.0% , were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with Oracle Corporation ( ORCL) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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