International Business Machines Corp (IBM): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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International Business Machines ( IBM) 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 0.8%. By the end of trading, International Business Machines rose $2.56 (1.4%) to $179.70 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,626,407 shares of International Business Machines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,223,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $176.80-$180.39 after having opened the day at $176.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $177.14. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: China Digital TV ( STV), up 31.9%, Innovative Solutions and Support ( ISSC), up 21.9%, UBIC Inc ADR ( UBIC), up 19.2% and Demandware ( DWRE), up 10.4%.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. International Business Machines has a market cap of $192.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 5.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate International Business Machines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Business Machines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Jive Software ( JIVE), down 7.2%, WebMD Health Corporation ( WBMD), down 5.0%, Nuance Communications ( NUAN), down 5.0% and Majesco Entertainment Company ( COOL), down 4.4% , were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with Rackspace Hosting ( RAX) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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