3 Stocks Boosting The Computer Software & Services Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 116.81 points (-0.7%) at 17,056 as of Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 891 issues advancing vs. 2,185 declining with 134 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.6%. Top gainers within the Computer Software & Services industry included Sajan ( SAJA), up 1.8%, One Horizon Group ( OHGI), up 3.3%, GRAVITY ( GRVY), up 2.5%, Authentidate ( ADAT), up 3.9% and FalconStor Software ( FALC), up 1.6%.

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

FalconStor Software ( FALC) is one of the companies that pushed the Computer Software & Services industry higher today. FalconStor Software was up $0.02 (1.6%) to $1.24 on average volume. Throughout the day, 70,857 shares of FalconStor Software exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 49,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.19-$1.24 after having opened the day at $1.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.22.

FalconStor Software, Inc. develops, manufactures, and sells data migration, business continuity, disaster recovery, optimized backup, and de-duplication solutions worldwide. FalconStor Software has a market cap of $57.9 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 9.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate FalconStor Software a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates FalconStor Software as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its declining revenues.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on FALC 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, FALCONSTOR SOFTWARE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 11.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 19.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. 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 gross profit margin for FALCONSTOR SOFTWARE INC is currently very high, coming in at 81.36%. 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 11.77% trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 121.80% to $1.10 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, FALCONSTOR SOFTWARE INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 41.71%.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: FalconStor Software Ratings Report

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At the close, Authentidate ( ADAT) was up $0.02 (3.9%) to $0.68 on light volume. Throughout the day, 18,249 shares of Authentidate exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 78,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.67-$0.69 after having opened the day at $0.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.65.

Authentidate Holding Corp. provides Web-based software applications, and telehealth products and services in the United States. Authentidate has a market cap of $28.4 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 44.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Authentidate a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Authentidate as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ADAT go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$1.53 million or 21.62% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • The gross profit margin for AUTHENTIDATE HOLDING CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.56%. Regardless of ADAT's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ADAT's net profit margin of -129.59% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • ADAT has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 24.72% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • 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 Health Care Technology industry and the overall market, AUTHENTIDATE HOLDING CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • AUTHENTIDATE HOLDING CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, AUTHENTIDATE HOLDING CORP reported poor results of -$0.45 versus -$0.36 in the prior year.

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

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Sajan ( SAJA) was another company that pushed the Computer Software & Services industry higher today. Sajan was up $0.09 (1.8%) to $5.20 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,800 shares of Sajan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.20-$5.35 after having opened the day at $5.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.11.

Sajan has a market cap of $21.8 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 12.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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