CERN, ADP And MSFT, Pushing Computer Software & Services Industry Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading up 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 lower today:

3. Cerner Corporation ( CERN) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Cerner Corporation is down $0.75 (-1.2%) to $61.11 on average volume. Thus far, 724,830 shares of Cerner Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.05-$61.94 after having opened the day at $61.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.86.

Cerner Corporation designs, develops, markets, installs, hosts, and supports healthcare information technology, healthcare devices, hardware, and content solutions for healthcare organizations and consumers worldwide. Cerner Corporation has a market cap of $20.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 8.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Cerner Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cerner Corporation 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, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Cerner Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Automatic Data Processing ( ADP) is down $0.79 (-1.0%) to $77.66 on light volume. Thus far, 704,905 shares of Automatic Data Processing exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.59-$78.18 after having opened the day at $78.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.45.

Automatic Data Processing, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides technology-based outsourcing solutions to employers and vehicle retailers and manufacturers worldwide. Automatic Data Processing has a market cap of $36.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 5.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Automatic Data Processing a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Automatic Data Processing as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Automatic Data Processing Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT) is down $0.41 (-1.1%) to $38.00 on light volume. Thus far, 9.3 million shares of Microsoft Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 38.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.93-$38.27 after having opened the day at $38.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.41.

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software, services, and hardware devices. Its Windows division offers Windows operating system; Windows Services suite of applications and Web services, including Outlook.com and SkyDrive; Surface RT and Pro devices; and PC accessories. Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $313.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 1.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Microsoft Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Microsoft Corporation 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, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Microsoft 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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