Splunk Inc (SPLK): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Splunk ( SPLK) 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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Splunk rose $1.73 (1.9%) to $90.75 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,265,813 shares of Splunk exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,401,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $88.60-$91.12 after having opened the day at $89.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.02. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Wave Systems Corporation ( WAVX), up 15.5%, CSP ( CSPI), up 7.7%, Textura ( TXTR), up 7.0% and NQ Mobile ( NQ), up 6.2%.

Splunk, Inc. provides software solutions that provide real-time operational intelligence. Splunk has a market cap of $10.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 28.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Splunk a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Splunk as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the negative front, Avid Technology ( AVID), down 28.8%, Commtouch Software ( CTCH), down 12.0%, GlobalSCAPE Incorporated ( GSB), down 9.6% and Authentidate Holding Corporation ( ADAT), down 7.7% , were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with Autodesk ( ADSK) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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