3 Computer Software & Services Stocks Pushing Industry Growth

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 45 points (0.3%) at 16,697 as of Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,017 issues advancing vs. 963 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Syntel ( SYNT), up 3.6%, NCR ( NCR), up 2.2%, Salesforce.com ( CRM), up 1.1%, Iron Mountain ( IRM), up 1.0% and Thomson Reuters ( TRI), up 0.7%. A company within the industry that fell today was Advent Software ( ADVS), up 4.5%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Autodesk ( ADSK) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Autodesk is up $0.94 (1.7%) to $56.73 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Autodesk exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.35-$56.76 after having opened the day at $55.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.79.

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Autodesk, Inc. operates as a design software and services company worldwide. Autodesk has a market cap of $12.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 8.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Autodesk a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Autodesk as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth 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 weak operating cash flow. Get the full Autodesk Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, VMWare ( VMW) is up $0.68 (0.7%) to $100.76 on average volume. Thus far, 825,086 shares of VMWare exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $99.84-$101.19 after having opened the day at $99.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.08.

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VMware, Inc. provides virtualization infrastructure solutions in the United States and internationally. VMWare has a market cap of $12.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 11.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate VMWare a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VMWare 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, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full VMWare Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Activision Blizzard ( ATVI) is up $0.19 (0.8%) to $23.20 on light volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Activision Blizzard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.03-$23.28 after having opened the day at $23.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.01.

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Activision Blizzard, Inc. publishes online, personal computer (PC), video game console, handheld, mobile, and tablet games. The company operates through three segments: Activision, Blizzard, and Distribution. Activision Blizzard has a market cap of $16.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 29.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 19 analysts who rate Activision Blizzard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Activision Blizzard as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Activision Blizzard Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the computer software & services industry could consider iShares S&P NA Tech Software Idx ( IGV) while those bearish on the computer software & services industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology ( REW).
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