Sap AG (SAP): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Winner

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Sap ( SAP) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry higher today making it today's featured computer software & services winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Sap rose $0.94 (1.2%) to $80.45 on light volume. Throughout the day, 700,475 shares of Sap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,108,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $80.07-$80.75 after having opened the day at $80.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.51. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Bridgeline Digital ( BLIN), up 12.5%, Astea International ( ATEA), up 8.7%, ChyronHego ( CHYR), up 8.1% and China Mobile Games and Entertainment Group ( CMGE), up 6.9%.

SAP AG provides enterprise application software and software-related services worldwide. It offers products in applications, analytics, cloud, mobile, and database and technology categories. Sap has a market cap of $97.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Sap a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sap as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Castlight Health Inc Class B ( CSLT), down 8.7%, Wave Systems Corporation ( WAVX), down 7.5%, TSR ( TSRI), down 6.1% and MiX Telematics Ltd ADR ( MIXT), down 4.9% , were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with Red Hat ( RHT) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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