DNB, VRSN, ATVI And SYMC, 4 Computer Software & Services Stocks Pushing The Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 80 points (0.5%) at 15,453 as of Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,024 issues advancing vs. 894 declining with 170 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include Splunk ( SPLK), up 2.5%, Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS), up 2.2%, Autodesk ( ADSK), up 1.6%, Wipro ( WIT), up 1.3% and Automatic Data Processing ( ADP), up 1.0%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. Dun & Bradstreet Corporation ( DNB) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Dun & Bradstreet Corporation is down $9.67 (-9.1%) to $96.79 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Dun & Bradstreet Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 406,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $95.51-$115.30 after having opened the day at $115.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $106.46.

The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation provides commercial information and insight on businesses worldwide. Dun & Bradstreet Corporation has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 13.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Dun & Bradstreet Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dun & Bradstreet Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Dun & Bradstreet Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, VeriSign ( VRSN) is down $0.77 (-1.4%) to $55.51 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of VeriSign exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.47-$56.99 after having opened the day at $56.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.28.

VeriSign, Inc. provides Internet infrastructure services to various networks worldwide. It offers registry services that operate the authoritative directory of .com, .net, .cc, .tv, and .name domain names, as well as the back-end systems for various for all .gov, .jobs, and .edu domain names. VeriSign has a market cap of $8.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate VeriSign a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VeriSign as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full VeriSign Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Activision Blizzard ( ATVI) is down $0.20 (-1.1%) to $16.86 on light volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Activision Blizzard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.80-$17.14 after having opened the day at $17.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.06.

Activision Blizzard, Inc. publishes online, personal computer (PC), console, handheld, and mobile interactive entertainment products worldwide. It operates in three segments: Activision, Blizzard, and Distribution. Activision Blizzard has a market cap of $11.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Activision Blizzard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Activision Blizzard as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Activision Blizzard Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Symantec ( SYMC) is down $0.17 (-0.8%) to $20.58 on average volume. Thus far, 3.5 million shares of Symantec exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.57-$20.98 after having opened the day at $20.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.75.

Symantec Corporation and its subsidiaries provide security, backup, and availability solutions worldwide. Its products and services protect people and information in any digital environment from mobile devices, enterprise data centers, and cloud-based systems. Symantec has a market cap of $14.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Symantec a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Symantec as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Symantec Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the computer software & services industry could consider iShares S&P NA Tech Software Idx ( IGV) while those bearish on the computer software & services industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology ( REW).

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