3 Stocks Pushing The Computer Software & Services Industry Lower

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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%. A company within the industry that fell today was Advent Software ( ADVS), up 4.5%. 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%.

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

3. Cerner ( CERN) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Cerner is down $0.60 (-1.1%) to $55.68 on average volume. Thus far, 999,724 shares of Cerner exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.44-$56.54 after having opened the day at $56.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.28.

Cerner Corporation designs, develops, markets, installs, hosts, and supports healthcare information technology, healthcare devices, hardware, and content solutions for healthcare organizations and consumers worldwide. Cerner has a market cap of $19.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 1.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Cerner a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cerner 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, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Cerner Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Xerox Corporation ( XRX) is down $0.06 (-0.5%) to $13.52 on light volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Xerox Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.49-$13.62 after having opened the day at $13.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.58.

Xerox Corporation provides business process and document management solutions worldwide. Xerox Corporation has a market cap of $15.5 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 3 analysts that rate Xerox Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Citrix Systems ( CTXS) is down $0.42 (-0.6%) to $68.87 on light volume. Thus far, 500,537 shares of Citrix Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.65-$69.41 after having opened the day at $69.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.29.

Citrix Systems, Inc. provides virtualization, networking, and cloud infrastructure solutions worldwide. The company operates in two divisions, Enterprise and Service Provider, and SaaS division. Citrix Systems has a market cap of $11.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 9.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Citrix Systems a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

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