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Software stocks

Ready to invest in the computer industry? Consider these 15 stocks.

The best software stocks depend on your portfolio and investment goals — while volatility can be ideal for day traders, long-term investors will want to look to stocks with steadier gains over time.

15 software stocks to watch

We round up a selection of stocks in or related to the computer industry, weighting the list more heavily towards popular mid- and large-cap US stocks.

  1. Autodesk (ADSK)
  2. Citrix Systems (CTXS)
  3. ANSYS (ANSS)
  4. Cadence Design Systems (CDNS)
  5. DocuSign (DOCU)
  6. Intuit (INTU)
  7. Workday (WDAY)
  8. HubSpot (HUBS)
  9. ServiceNow (NOW)
  10. Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)
  11. Adobe Systems Incorporated (ADBE)
  12. VMware (VMW)
  13. Splunk (SPLK)
  14. Zoom Video Communications (ZM)
  15. Zendesk (ZEN)

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Take a deeper dive into software stocks

If you're interested in investing in the computer industry, take a closer look at what companies in this industry do and how the stocks have historically performed. Keep in mind that positive past performance doesn't guarantee that a stock will continue to rise in the future.

1. Autodesk (ADSK)

Autodesk, Inc. provides 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software and services worldwide. The company offers AutoCAD Civil 3D, a surveying, design, analysis, and documentation solution for civil engineering, including land development, transportation, and environmental projects; BIM 360, a construction management cloud-based software; AutoCAD, a software for professional design, drafting, detailing, and visualization; AutoCAD LT, a drafting and detailing software; computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software for computer numeric control machining, inspection, and modelling for manufacturing; Fusion 360, a 3D CAD, CAM, and computer-aided engineering tool; and Industry Collections tools for professionals in architecture, engineering and construction, product design and manufacturing, and media and entertainment collection industries.

Autodesk stock opened the day at $281.71 after a previous close of $281.71. The latest price was $281.19 (25-minute delay). Autodesk is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD4.6 billion and employs 12,600 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $39,849,857,024
  • P/E ratio: 83.0661
  • PEG ratio: 1.4953

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2. Citrix Systems (CTXS)

Citrix Systems, Inc. , an enterprise software company, provides workspace, app delivery and security, and professional services worldwide. The company offers workspace services, including Citrix Workspace; Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops; Collaborative Work Management; Citrix Content Collaboration, a cloud-based file sharing, digital transaction, and storage solution, which provides enterprise-class data services on various corporate and personal mobile devices; Citrix Analytics for Security that assesses the behavior of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, and Citrix Workspace users and applies actions to protect sensitive corporate information; Citrix Analytics for Performance, which uses machine learning to quantify user experience; Citrix Secure Workspace Access that provides an end-to-end solution to implement Zero Trust principles; and Citrix Secure Internet Access, which provides a solution that protects direct internet access for branch and remote workers using unsanctioned apps.

Citrix Systems stock opened the day at $96.77 after a previous close of $96.84. The latest price was $96.70 (25-minute delay). Citrix Systems is listed on the NASDAQ and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$3.3 billion.

  • Market capitalization: $12,458,003,456
  • P/E ratio: 44.7567
  • PEG ratio: 2.2416

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3. ANSYS (ANSS)

ANSYS, Inc. develops and markets engineering simulation software and services worldwide. It offers ANSYS Workbench, a framework upon which its multiphysics engineering simulation technologies are built and enables engineers to simulate the interactions between structures, heat transfer, fluids, electronics, and optical elements in a unified engineering simulation environment; high-performance computing product suite; power analysis and optimization software suite that manages the power budget, power delivery integrity, and power-induced noise in an electronic design; and structural analysis product suite that provides simulation tools for product design and optimization.

ANSYS stock opened the day at $404.90 after a previous close of $405.68. The latest price was $401.12 (25-minute delay). ANSYS is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$2 billion and employs 5,200 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $22,352,105,472
  • P/E ratio: 49.8835
  • PEG ratio: 2.8281

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4. Cadence Design Systems (CDNS)

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. provides software, hardware, services, and reusable integrated circuit (IC) design blocks worldwide. The company offers functional verification services, including emulation and prototyping hardware.

Cadence Design Systems stock opened the day at $187.32 after a previous close of $186.05. The latest price was $188.12 (25-minute delay). Cadence Design Systems is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$3.2 billion and employs 9,300 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $41,656,156,160
  • P/E ratio: 56.3867
  • PEG ratio: 2.5247

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5. DocuSign (DOCU)

DocuSign, Inc. provides electronic signature software in the United States and internationally. The company provides e-signature solution that enables businesses to digitally prepare, sign, act on, and manage agreements.

DocuSign stock opened the day at $60.48 after a previous close of $61.04. The latest price was $59.17 (25-minute delay). DocuSign is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$2.2 billion and employs 7,461 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $13,746,150,400
  • PEG ratio: 2.1648

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6. Intuit (INTU)

Intuit Inc. provides financial management and compliance products and services for consumers, small businesses, self-employed, and accounting professionals in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Small Business & Self-Employed, Consumer, Credit Karma, and ProConnect.

Intuit stock opened the day at $501.25 after a previous close of $506.09. The latest price was $503.93 (25-minute delay). Intuit is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$12.9 billion and employs 13,500 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $113,042,358,272
  • P/E ratio: 45.1804
  • PEG ratio: 1.5373

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7. Workday (WDAY)

Workday, Inc. provides enterprise cloud applications worldwide. Its applications help its customers to plan, execute, analyze, and extend to other applications and environments, and to manage their business and operations.

The latest price was $142.95 (25-minute delay). Workday is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$5.4 billion and employs 15,200 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $38,620,700,672
  • PEG ratio: 1.7241

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8. HubSpot (HUBS)

HubSpot, Inc. provides a cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) platform for businesses in the Americas, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. The company's CRM platform includes marketing, sales, service, and content management systems, as well as integrated applications, such as search engine optimization, blogging, website content management, messaging, chatbots, social media, marketing automation, email, predictive lead scoring, sales productivity, knowledge base, commerce, conversation routing, video hosting, ticketing and helpdesk tools, customer NPS surveys, analytics, and reporting.

HubSpot stock opened the day at $299.00 after a previous close of $310.37. The latest price was $305.48 (25-minute delay). HubSpot is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.4 billion and employs 6,404 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $15,691,671,552
  • PEG ratio: 1.9754

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9. ServiceNow (NOW)

ServiceNow, Inc. provides enterprise cloud computing solutions that defines, structures, consolidates, manages, and automates services for enterprises worldwide. It operates the Now platform for workflow automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotic process automation, performance analytics, electronic service catalogs and portals, configuration management systems, data benchmarking, encryption, and collaboration and development tools.

ServiceNow stock opened the day at $559.72 after a previous close of $560.47. The latest price was $566.37 (25-minute delay). ServiceNow is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$6.3 billion and employs 16,881 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $97,329,340,416
  • P/E ratio: 445.4403
  • PEG ratio: 2.0502

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10. Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software, services, devices, and solutions worldwide. Its Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Security and Compliance, and Skype for Business, as well as related Client Access Licenses (CAL); Skype, Outlook. com, OneDrive, and LinkedIn; and Dynamics 365, a set of cloud-based and on-premises business solutions for organizations and enterprise divisions.

Microsoft Corporation stock opened the day at $257.21 after a previous close of $260.26. The latest price was $257.36 (25-minute delay). Microsoft Corporation is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$192.6 billion and employs 181,000 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $2,002,136,334,336
  • P/E ratio: 27.9436
  • PEG ratio: 1.7106

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11. Adobe Systems Incorporated (ADBE)

Adobe Inc. operates as a diversified software company worldwide. It operates through three segments: Digital Media, Digital Experience, and Publishing and Advertising.

Adobe Systems Incorporated stock opened the day at $362.07 after a previous close of $368.50. The latest price was $362.59 (25-minute delay). Adobe Systems Incorporated is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$16.7 billion and employs 25,988 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $177,962,401,792
  • P/E ratio: 36.7813
  • PEG ratio: 1.8008

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12. VMware (VMW)

VMware, Inc. provides software solutions in the areas of modern applications, cloud management and infrastructure, networking, security, and digital workspaces in the United States and internationally. It offers VMware multi-cloud solutions, including VMware vSphere, a data center infrastructure that provides the fundamental compute layer; vSAN and VxRail, which offers holistic data storage and protection options to applications running on vSphere; and vRealize Cloud Management solutions that manages hybrid and multi-cloud environments running in virtual machines and containers, as well as VMware Cloud Foundation, a cloud platform that combines its vSphere, vSAN, and NSX with vRealize Cloud Management into an integrated stack and delivers enterprise-ready cloud infrastructure for private and public clouds.

The latest price was $114.10 (25-minute delay). VMware is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$12.9 billion and employs 37,500 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $49,713,651,712
  • P/E ratio: 30.4885
  • PEG ratio: 1.0231

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13. Splunk (SPLK)

Splunk Inc. , together with its subsidiaries, provides software and cloud solutions that deliver and operationalize insights from the data generated by digital systems in the United States and internationally. The company offers Splunk Platform, a real-time data platform comprising collection, streaming, indexing, search, reporting, analysis, machine learning, alerting, monitoring, and data management capabilities.

Splunk stock opened the day at $90.01 after a previous close of $92.32. The latest price was $89.70 (25-minute delay). Splunk is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$2.8 billion and employs 7,000 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $14,860,724,224
  • PEG ratio: 10.4835

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14. Zoom Video Communications (ZM)

Zoom Video Communications, Inc. provides unified communications platform in the Americas, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The company offers Zoom Meetings that offers HD video, voice, chat, and content sharing through mobile devices, desktops, laptops, telephones, and conference room systems; Zoom Phone, an enterprise cloud phone system; and Zoom Chat enables users to share messages, images, audio files, and content in desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile devices.

Zoom Video Communications stock opened the day at $110.00 after a previous close of $111.87. The latest price was $109.64 (25-minute delay). Zoom Video Communications is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$4.2 billion and employs 7,155 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $35,364,962,304
  • P/E ratio: 29.767
  • PEG ratio: 4.3749

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15. Zendesk (ZEN)

Zendesk, Inc. , a software development company, provides software as a service solutions for organizations in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. Its flagship product is Zendesk Support, a system for tracking, prioritizing, and solving customer support tickets across various channels.

Zendesk stock opened the day at $74.45 after a previous close of $74.61. The latest price was $74.33 (25-minute delay). Zendesk is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.4 billion and employs 6,300 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $9,089,013,760
  • PEG ratio: 2.2529

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How to buy software stocks

Sign up with an online broker or platform to invest in one or more of these software stocks.

  1. Compare share trading platforms. Use our comparison table to narrow down top brokers by fees and bonuses.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. You’ll need personal and financial details, like your contact and bank information.
  3. Search for the stock you're interested in. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol, like ADSK or CTXS.
  4. Decide on how many to buy. Some brokers will allow you to purchase fractional shares, while others require you to purchase whole shares.
  5. Choose an order type. Invest in the software stocks now with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches your desired price.
  6. Buy the stock. Tap or click the Buy button on your brokerage account. Once you’ve invested in the computer industry, track how your stock performs to decide when it’s time to sell.

The value of any investment can go up or down depending on news, trends and market conditions. We are not investment advisers, so do your own due diligence to understand the risks before you invest.

Bottom line

While it’s possible to turn a profit investing in software stocks, keep in mind that — like any investment — software stocks are not immune to risk. These stocks are subject to fluctuating conditions — both in the market and in the computer industry, so carefully vet your picks before you invest. And if you’re new to investing, or if it’s been awhile since you’ve taken a critical look at your investing accounts, compare brokers to make sure you’re getting the best features in your trading account.

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