Electronic Arts Inc. (EA): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Electronic Arts ( EA) 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 1.6%. By the end of trading, Electronic Arts rose $0.82 (3.0%) to $28.40 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,165,912 shares of Electronic Arts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,971,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.57-$28.50 after having opened the day at $27.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.58. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: NCI ( NCIT), up 25.6%, Vasco Data Security International ( VDSI), up 24.4%, Intelligent Systems ( INS), up 17.3% and The9 ( NCTY), up 13.8%.

Electronic Arts Inc. develops, markets, publishes, and distributes game software content and services for video game consoles, personal computers, mobile phones, tablets and electronic readers, and the Internet. Electronic Arts has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 20.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Electronic Arts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Electronic Arts as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, TigerLogic Corporation ( TIGR), down 10.3%, Daegis ( DAEG), down 7.6%, Callidus Software ( CALD), down 4.5% and Stamps.com ( STMP), down 3.9% , were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with Symantec ( SYMC) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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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