3 Stocks Dragging In The Computer Software & Services Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 17,036 as of Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,316 issues advancing vs. 1,661 declining with 150 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was International Business Machines ( IBM), up 0.9%.

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

3. Nielsen ( NLSN) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Nielsen is down $0.36 (-0.8%) to $45.71 on light volume. Thus far, 350,314 shares of Nielsen exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.56-$46.19 after having opened the day at $46.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.07.

Nielsen N.V. provides media and marketing information, analytics, and industry expertise about what consumers watch and listen. The company operates in two segments, Buy and Watch. Nielsen has a market cap of $17.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Nielsen a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nielsen as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, 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 Nielsen Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Adobe Systems ( ADBE) is down $0.39 (-0.5%) to $72.03 on light volume. Thus far, 887,190 shares of Adobe Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.84-$72.75 after having opened the day at $72.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.42.

Adobe Systems Incorporated operates as a diversified software company worldwide. It operates in three segments: Digital Media, Digital Marketing, and Print and Publishing. Adobe Systems has a market cap of $36.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 20.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Adobe Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Adobe Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Adobe Systems Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Qihoo 360 Technology ( QIHU) is down $2.32 (-2.8%) to $80.39 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.5 million shares of Qihoo 360 Technology exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.03-$82.83 after having opened the day at $82.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.71.

Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. provides Internet and mobile security products and services in the People's Republic of China. Qihoo 360 Technology has a market cap of $10.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Qihoo 360 Technology a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Qihoo 360 Technology as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Qihoo 360 Technology 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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