5 Computer Software & Services Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 18 points (-0.1%) at 15,776 as of Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,409 issues advancing vs. 1,532 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include AutoNavi Holdings ( AMAP), up 24.7%, NCR Corporation ( NCR), up 1.8% and Cerner Corporation ( CERN), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Changyou.com ( CYOU), down 13.1%, ACI Worldwide ( ACIW), down 6.0%, Bally Technologies ( BYI), down 3.6%, Gartner ( IT), down 1.6% and Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS), down 1.4%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. VeriSign ( VRSN) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, VeriSign is up $0.95 (1.8%) to $53.63 on average volume. Thus far, 827,841 shares of VeriSign exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.68-$53.85 after having opened the day at $52.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.68.

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 $7.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who 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, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full VeriSign Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Nielsen Holdings ( NLSN) is up $0.15 (0.3%) to $44.33 on light volume. Thus far, 600,847 shares of Nielsen Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.71-$44.72 after having opened the day at $44.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.18.

Nielsen Holdings N.V., an information and measurement company, provides media and marketing information, analytics, and industry expertise about what consumers buy and watch on a global and local basis. Nielsen Holdings has a market cap of $16.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Nielsen Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nielsen Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Nielsen Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, VMware ( VMW) is up $0.76 (0.8%) to $92.48 on light volume. Thus far, 758,818 shares of VMware exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $91.14-$92.48 after having opened the day at $91.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.72.

VMware, Inc. provides virtualization infrastructure solutions in the United States and internationally. VMware has a market cap of $11.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 18 analysts who rate VMware a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VMware 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, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full VMware Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, F5 Networks ( FFIV) is up $2.14 (2.0%) to $109.42 on average volume. Thus far, 721,536 shares of F5 Networks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $107.43-$110.23 after having opened the day at $107.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.28.

F5 Networks, Inc. develops, markets, and sells application delivery networking products that optimize the security, performance, and availability of network applications, servers, and storage systems. F5 Networks has a market cap of $8.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 16.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate F5 Networks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates F5 Networks 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, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full F5 Networks Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, 3D Systems Corporation ( DDD) is up $1.80 (2.7%) to $68.24 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of 3D Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.09-$68.24 after having opened the day at $67.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.44.

3D Systems Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets 3D printers, print materials, on-demand custom parts services, and 3D authoring solutions for professionals and consumers. 3D Systems Corporation has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 28.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate 3D Systems Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3D Systems Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full 3D Systems Corporation 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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