ACN, CRM And DDD, Pushing Computer Software & Services Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 11 points (0.1%) at 16,218 as of Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,600 issues advancing vs. 1,298 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that fell today was Realpage ( RP), up 22.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was Catamaran ( CTRX), up 2.1%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Accenture PLC Class A ( ACN) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Accenture PLC Class A is down $0.45 (-0.5%) to $83.50 on light volume. Thus far, 927,775 shares of Accenture PLC Class A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.97-$84.00 after having opened the day at $84.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.95.

Accenture plc provides management consulting, technology, and business process outsourcing (BPO) services worldwide. The company operates through Communications, Media & Technology; Financial Services; Health & Public Service; Products; and Resources segments. Accenture PLC Class A has a market cap of $53.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 1.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Accenture PLC Class A a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Accenture PLC Class A as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Accenture PLC Class A Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Salesforce.com ( CRM) is down $0.35 (-0.6%) to $63.56 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Salesforce.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.29-$64.00 after having opened the day at $63.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.91.

salesforce.com, inc. provides enterprise cloud computing solutions to various businesses and industries worldwide. Salesforce.com has a market cap of $38.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 15.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate Salesforce.com a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Salesforce.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full Salesforce.com Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, 3D Systems Corporation ( DDD) is down $1.32 (-1.7%) to $75.07 on average volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of 3D Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.38-$76.16 after having opened the day at $74.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.39.

3D Systems Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets 3D printers, print materials, on-demand custom parts services, and 3D authoring solutions for professionals and consumers. 3D Systems Corporation has a market cap of $8.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 17.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate 3D Systems Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3D Systems 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, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full 3D Systems Corporation 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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