Splunk Inc (SPLK): Today's Featured Computer Software & Services Laggard

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Splunk ( SPLK) 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 2.2%. By the end of trading, Splunk fell $3.63 (-6.1%) to $55.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,119,155 shares of Splunk exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,914,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $54.67-$59.19 after having opened the day at $58.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.23. Other companies within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were: CommVault Systems ( CVLT), down 30.6%, ChannelAdvisor ( ECOM), down 12.2%, E2open ( EOPN), down 11.3% and Rubicon Project ( RUBI), down 10.4%.

Splunk, Inc. provides software solutions that provide real-time operational intelligence in the United States and internationally. Splunk has a market cap of $7.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 13.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Splunk a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Splunk as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the positive front, Vasco Data Security International ( VDSI), up 19.0%, Open Text ( OTEX), up 6.4%, Gigamon ( GIMO), up 6.0% and Fair Isaac ( FICO), up 5.8% , were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with Intuit ( INTU) being today's featured computer software & services industry leader.

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