Nielsen Holdings NV (NLSN): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Nielsen Holdings ( NLSN) 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 down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Nielsen Holdings rose $0.52 (1.1%) to $47.34 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,781,496 shares of Nielsen Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,404,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $46.81-$47.45 after having opened the day at $46.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.82. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: The9 ( NCTY), up 13.4%, Perfect World Co. Ltd. ADR repr Class B ( PWRD), up 11.8%, Mam Software Group ( MAMS), up 9.5% and Daegis ( DAEG), up 9.3%.

Nielsen Holdings N.V., an information and measurement company, provides media and marketing information, analytics, and industry expertise about what consumers buy and watch on a global and local basis. Nielsen Holdings has a market cap of $17.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 2.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Nielsen Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nielsen Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Pros Holdings ( PRO), down 16.1%, Magic Software ( MGIC), down 10.4%, NQ Mobile ( NQ), down 8.5% and RingCentral ( RNG), down 8.0% , were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with Salesforce.com ( CRM) 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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