3 Stocks Pushing The Computer Software & Services Industry Lower

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The Computer Software & Services industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Laggards within the Computer Software & Services industry included CounterPath ( CPAH), down 3.2%, Cover-All Technologies ( COVR), down 2.7%, Intelligent Systems ( INS), down 5.8%, MGT Capital Investments ( MGT), down 2.2% and Sonic Foundry ( SOFO), down 4.3%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Sonic Foundry ( SOFO) is one of the companies that pushed the Computer Software & Services industry lower today. Sonic Foundry was down $0.50 (4.3%) to $11.00 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,253 shares of Sonic Foundry exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $11.00-$11.21 after having opened the day at $11.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.50.

Sonic Foundry, Inc. provides enterprise solutions and services for the Web communications market in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and internationally. Sonic Foundry has a market cap of $47.2 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 18.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Sonic Foundry a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Sonic Foundry as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SOFO go as follows:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 6.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 38.1%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, SOFO's share price has jumped by 72.85%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Although SOFO had significant growth over the past year, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock at the current time.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.44, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 0.89 is weak.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Software industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 3125.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.03 million to -$0.87 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Software industry and the overall market, SONIC FOUNDRY INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Sonic Foundry Ratings Report

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At the close, Cover-All Technologies ( COVR) was down $0.04 (2.7%) to $1.46 on light volume. Throughout the day, 11,740 shares of Cover-All Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.37-$1.49 after having opened the day at $1.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.50.

Cover-All Technologies Inc., through its subsidiary, Cover-All Systems, Inc., licenses and maintains software products for the property/casualty insurance industry in the United States and Puerto Rico. Cover-All Technologies has a market cap of $39.2 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Cover-All Technologies as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on COVR go as follows:

  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Software industry and the overall market, COVER-ALL TECHNOLOGIES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • COVR's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.19 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.77 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • The stock price has risen over the past year, but it has underperformed the S&P 500 so far. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Software industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 21.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$1.96 million to -$1.54 million.
  • COVER-ALL TECHNOLOGIES INC has improved earnings per share by 25.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. During the past fiscal year, COVER-ALL TECHNOLOGIES INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.10 versus -$0.20 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Cover-All Technologies Ratings Report

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CounterPath ( CPAH) was another company that pushed the Computer Software & Services industry lower today. CounterPath was down $0.04 (3.2%) to $1.22 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,437 shares of CounterPath exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.16-$1.23 after having opened the day at $1.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.26.

CounterPath has a market cap of $54.5 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 20.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate CounterPath a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CPAH go as follows:

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