3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Computer Software & Services Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 16,140 as of Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,063 issues advancing vs. 873 declining with 164 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently sits up 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include 3D Systems Corporation ( DDD), up 6.3%, Cornerstone OnDemand ( CSOD), up 4.9%, Concur Technologies ( CNQR), up 3.7%, MSCI ( MSCI), up 2.8% and Computer Sciences Corporation ( CSC), up 2.0%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Nielsen Holdings ( NLSN) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Nielsen Holdings is up $0.74 (1.6%) to $46.17 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Nielsen Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.52-$46.40 after having opened the day at $45.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.43.

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 $17.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 1.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Nielsen Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Intuit ( INTU) is up $0.88 (1.2%) to $72.57 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Intuit exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.68-$73.26 after having opened the day at $71.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.69.

Has made a number of mobile, payment services and ecommerce realted acquisitionsin 2012 and 2013. Intuit has a market cap of $20.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 6.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Intuit a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intuit 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, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Intuit Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Xerox Corporation ( XRX) is up $0.10 (1.0%) to $10.82 on light volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Xerox Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.73-$10.83 after having opened the day at $10.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.72.

Xerox Corporation provides business process and document management services worldwide. Xerox Corporation has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 11.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Xerox Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Xerox Corporation 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, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Xerox Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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