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

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Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry higher today making it today's featured computer software & services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Microsoft Corporation rose $0.57 (1.4%) to $39.75 on average volume. Throughout the day, 33,389,372 shares of Microsoft Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 39,275,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $39.05-$39.96 after having opened the day at $39.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.18. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that increased today were: Wave Systems Corporation ( WAVX), up 38.6%, China Information Technology ( CNIT), up 18.9%, NQ Mobile ( NQ), up 14.0% and Benefitfocus ( BNFT), up 8.1%.

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 $325.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 4.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 negative front, Smith Micro Software ( SMSI), down 9.0%, Astea International ( ATEA), down 8.3%, Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution ( KONE), down 6.0% and GigaMedia ( GIGM), down 5.7% , were all laggards within the computer software & services industry with 21Vianet Group ( VNET) being today's computer software & services industry laggard.

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