3 Stocks Pushing The Computer Software & Services Industry Lower

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The Computer Software & Services industry as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Laggards within the Computer Software & Services industry included CounterPath ( CPAH), down 2.6%, GSE Systems ( GVP), down 3.2%, Intelligent Systems ( INS), down 2.7%, Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution ( KONE), down 6.8% and Issuer Direct ( ISDR), down 7.2%.

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

Stamps.com ( STMP) is one of the companies that pushed the Computer Software & Services industry lower today. Stamps.com was down $0.74 (2.1%) to $34.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 160,601 shares of Stamps.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 152,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.98-$35.37 after having opened the day at $35.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.16.

Stamps.com Inc. provides Internet-based postage solutions in the United States. Stamps.com has a market cap of $570.4 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 16.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Stamps.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Stamps.com 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on STMP go as follows:

  • STMP's revenue growth trails the industry average of 21.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.7%. 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.
  • STMP has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 5.68, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $18.47 million or 43.76% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 23.24%.
  • The gross profit margin for STAMPS.COM INC is currently very high, coming in at 80.06%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 22.02% trails the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Stamps.com Ratings Report

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