Oracle Corporation (ORCL): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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Oracle Corporation ( ORCL) 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 0.8%. By the end of trading, Oracle Corporation fell $0.87 (-2.3%) to $37.50 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 31,714,540 shares of Oracle Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,037,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $37.50-$38.85 after having opened the day at $38.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.37. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: Symantec ( SYMC), down 12.9%, China Mobile Games and Entertainment Group ( CMGE), down 12.5%, Rally Software Development ( RALY), down 9.9% and KEYW ( KEYW), down 9.7%.

Oracle Corporation develops, manufactures, markets, hosts, and supports database and middleware software, applications software, and hardware systems. Oracle Corporation has a market cap of $173.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Oracle Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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.

On the positive front, Unwired Planet ( UPIP), up 49.2%, GigaMedia ( GIGM), up 9.6%, GSE Systems ( GVP), up 7.7% and The9 ( NCTY), up 7.0% , were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Nuance Communications ( NUAN) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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