3 Stocks Underperforming Today 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 78 points (0.5%) at 17,023 as of Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,765 issues advancing vs. 1,183 declining with 200 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Iron Mountain ( IRM), up 12.1%, Aspen Technology ( AZPN), up 4.5%, Verint Systems ( VRNT), up 3.4%, NetSuite ( N), up 2.8% and ServiceNow ( NOW), up 1.9%.

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

3. CA ( CA) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, CA is down $0.24 (-0.8%) to $27.69 on light volume. Thus far, 785,584 shares of CA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.68-$27.97 after having opened the day at $27.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.92.

CA Technologies, Inc. together with its subsidiaries, provides information technology (IT) management software and solutions that help organizations develop, manage, and secure IT environments in the United States and internationally. CA has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 17.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates CA a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Cerner ( CERN) is down $0.36 (-0.6%) to $58.14 on light volume. Thus far, 573,134 shares of Cerner exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.96-$58.56 after having opened the day at $58.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.50.

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 $20.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 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, solid stock price performance, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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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1. As of noon trading, Symantec ( SYMC) is down $0.34 (-1.4%) to $23.39 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Symantec exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.39-$23.80 after having opened the day at $23.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.73.

Symantec Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides security, backup, and availability solutions worldwide. Its products and services protect people and information in any environment from mobile devices and enterprise data centers to cloud-based systems. Symantec has a market cap of $16.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Symantec a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Symantec as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Symantec 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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