Symantec Corp (SYMC): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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Symantec ( SYMC) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Software & Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.6%. By the end of trading, Symantec fell $0.66 (-3.1%) to $20.69 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,290,271 shares of Symantec exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,337,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $20.67-$21.29 after having opened the day at $21.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.35. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: TigerLogic Corporation ( TIGR), down 10.3%, Daegis ( DAEG), down 7.6%, Callidus Software ( CALD), down 4.5% and ( STMP), down 3.9%.

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.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Electronic Arts ( EA) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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