3 Stocks Pushing The Computer Software & Services Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 25 points (-0.1%) at 17,365 as of Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,608 issues advancing vs. 1,366 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Computer Software & Services industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%.

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

3. Symantec ( SYMC) is one of the companies pushing the Computer Software & Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Symantec is up $0.48 (1.9%) to $25.30 on average volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Symantec exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.82-$25.35 after having opened the day at $24.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.82.

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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 $17.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 5.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Symantec a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Symantec as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth 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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2. As of noon trading, Activision Blizzard ( ATVI) is up $0.30 (1.5%) to $20.25 on average volume. Thus far, 5.4 million shares of Activision Blizzard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.02-$20.32 after having opened the day at $20.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.95.

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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 $14.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 11.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 18 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 reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance, 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 Activision Blizzard Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Microsoft ( MSFT) is up $0.34 (0.7%) to $47.30 on light volume. Thus far, 9.6 million shares of Microsoft exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 34.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.73-$47.31 after having opened the day at $46.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.95.

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Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, markets, and supports software, services, and devices worldwide. The company's Devices and Consumer (D&C) Licensing segment licenses Windows operating system and related software; Microsoft Office for consumers; and Windows Phone operating system. Microsoft has a market cap of $379.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 25.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Microsoft a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

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