3 Stocks Pushing The Computer Software & Services Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 29 points (-0.2%) at 16,367 as of Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,229 issues advancing vs. 1,681 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the industry that fell today was AthenaHealth ( ATHN), up 4.7%.

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

3. Citrix Systems ( CTXS) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Citrix Systems is up $1.28 (2.1%) to $62.06 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Citrix Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.40-$62.46 after having opened the day at $60.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.78.

Citrix Systems, Inc. provides virtualization, networking, and cloud infrastructure solutions worldwide. The company operates in two divisions, Enterprise and Service Provider, and SaaS division. Citrix Systems has a market cap of $11.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 5.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate Citrix Systems a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Citrix Systems as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Citrix Systems Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, VMware ( VMW) is up $2.26 (2.2%) to $103.30 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of VMware exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $100.11-$103.44 after having opened the day at $100.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.04.

VMware, Inc. provides virtualization infrastructure solutions in the United States and internationally. VMware has a market cap of $12.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 12.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 18 analysts who rate VMware a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VMware 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full VMware Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Oracle Corporation ( ORCL) is up $0.22 (0.6%) to $39.63 on light volume. Thus far, 5.2 million shares of Oracle Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.30-$39.65 after having opened the day at $39.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.41.

Oracle Corporation develops, manufactures, markets, hosts, and supports database and middleware software, applications software, and hardware systems. Oracle Corporation has a market cap of $173.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Oracle Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Oracle Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Oracle 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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