Microsoft Corporation (MSFT): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT) 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 2.5%. By the end of trading, Microsoft Corporation fell $1.14 (-2.8%) to $39.87 on average volume. Throughout the day, 51,123,584 shares of Microsoft Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 39,806,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $39.64-$41.39 after having opened the day at $41.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.01. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: Astea International ( ATEA), down 12.2%, AthenaHealth ( ATHN), down 11.0%, ChannelAdvisor ( ECOM), down 9.9% and Medidata Solutions ( MDSO), down 9.6%.

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 $343.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 9.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Microsoft Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 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.

On the positive front, UBIC ( UBIC), up 11.0%, Liquid Holdings Group ( LIQD), up 9.8%, Cover-All Technologies ( COVR), up 6.3% and China Information Technology ( CNIT), up 4.7% , were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Symantec ( SYMC) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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