Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (CTSH): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation ( CTSH) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry higher today making it today's featured computer software & services winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation rose $2.07 (2.1%) to $102.73 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,274,709 shares of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,831,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $101.07-$103.36 after having opened the day at $101.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.66. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Authentidate Holding Corporation ( ADAT), up 18.3%, Allscripts Healthcare Solutions ( MDRX), up 6.5%, China Digital TV ( STV), up 5.7% and QAD ( QADB), up 5.2%.

Provide application outsourcing services and enterprise consulting solutions Tier: 3. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation has a market cap of $30.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, FleetMatics Group ( FLTX), down 8.7%, Digimarc Corporation ( DMRC), down 6.2%, WebMD Health Corporation ( WBMD), down 6.2% and CounterPath Corporation ( CPAH), down 6.1% , 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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