10 Software Stocks Near 52-Week Lows

If you're aiming to "buy low and sell high," then it makes infinite sense to start your search with bargain-priced stocks. Regularly reviewing a list of stocks trading near their 52-week lows can be a great first step.

Here, I'll try to do the initial legwork for you. To prevent us from being inundated with scores of disparate companies, I'll conduct my search by industry. This will allow us to make some initial comparisons among semi-related companies.

There are 24 industry groups as defined by the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS). Software and services is one of them.

Below are the top ten companies in this space (by market cap) that are hugging 52-week lows.

Company

Market Capitalization 
(in millions)

% Change from 
52-week Low

P/E Ratio 
(trailing)

Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT  )

218,311.3

11.6%

12.1

Adobe (Nasdaq: ADBE  )

14,350.9

10.8%

31.5

Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI  )

13,701.0

12.7%

43.4

Paychex (Nasdaq: PAYX  )

10,126.8

13.6%

20.9

SAIC (NYSE: SAI  )

5,857.8

6%

11.4

Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS  )

5,155.9

11%

NM

Nuance Communications (Nasdaq: NUAN  )

4,620.0

19.9%

NM

Equinix

3,427.4

8.3%

64.4

Total System Services

3,154.6

19.2%

15.2

Global Payments

3,131.3

13.6%

16.0

Source: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's. Data as of October 24, 2010.

This is an interesting mix of companies near lows. Let me highlight a couple.

Microsoft has matured enough where it's no longer a growth story but a blue chip. So much so that fellow Fool Morgan Housel highlighted it in our "10 Core Stocks" series. Click here to read that write-up.

One that's been on my watchlist for quite some time is Paychex. It's always been just a wee bit pricey for my tastes, but its payroll processing business is quite solid. If you like Paychex, also check out its larger competitor ADP. I'd love to have both in my portfolio at the right price.

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Anand Chokkavelu doesn't own shares of any companies mentioned. He posts his favorite articles on his Twitter feed.

Microsoft, Paychex, and SAIC are Motley Fool Inside Value recommendations. Adobe Systems, Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, and Nuance Communications are Motley Fool Stock Advisor picks. Nuance Communications is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems recommendation. Automatic Data Processing is a Motley Fool Income Investor selection. Motley Fool Options has recommended a synthetic long position on Activision Blizzard. Motley Fool Options has recommended a diagonal call position on Microsoft. The Fool owns shares of Activision Blizzard, and Microsoft. 

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