Salesforce.com Inc. (CRM): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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Salesforce.com ( CRM) 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 down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Salesforce.com fell $3.85 (-5.8%) to $62.37 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 18,820,892 shares of Salesforce.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,782,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $60.97-$67.00 after having opened the day at $66.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.22. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: Pros Holdings ( PRO), down 16.1%, Magic Software ( MGIC), down 10.4%, NQ Mobile ( NQ), down 8.5% and RingCentral ( RNG), down 8.0%.

salesforce.com, inc. provides enterprise cloud computing solutions to various businesses and industries worldwide. Salesforce.com has a market cap of $38.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 20.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 23 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.

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

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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