3 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Computer Software & Services Industry

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower 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 lower today:

3. Check Point Software Technologies ( CHKP) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Check Point Software Technologies is down $0.43 (-0.6%) to $66.52 on average volume. Thus far, 459,586 shares of Check Point Software Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.20-$66.95 after having opened the day at $66.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.95.

Check Point Software Technologies, Ltd. engages in the development, marketing, and support of software and combined hardware and software products and services for information technology (IT) security. Check Point Software Technologies has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 3.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Check Point Software Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Check Point Software Technologies 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, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Check Point Software Technologies Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, International Game Technology ( IGT) is down $0.30 (-2.0%) to $14.67 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of International Game Technology exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.61-$15.00 after having opened the day at $14.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.97.

International Game Technology, a gaming company, designs, develops, manufactures, and markets casino-style gaming equipment, systems technology, and game content for land-based and online markets worldwide. International Game Technology has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 17.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate International Game Technology a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Game Technology as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, impressive record of earnings per share growth and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full International Game Technology Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Symantec ( SYMC) is down $0.41 (-1.9%) to $20.94 on light volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Symantec exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.86-$21.29 after having opened the day at $21.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.35.

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 $14.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 9.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Symantec a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 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 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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