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Telefonica Brasil S.A. (VIV): Today's Featured Technology Winner

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Telefonica Brasil S.A (VIV) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Telefonica Brasil S.A rose 33 cents (1.4%) to $23.07 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of Telefonica Brasil S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.71-$23.20 after having opened the day at $22.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.74. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were: Powerwave Technologies (PWAV), up 91%, Mediware Information Systems (MEDW), up 38.8%, Mindspeed Technologies (MSPD), up 28.1%, and A123 Systems (AONE), up 24.1%.

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Telefonica Brasil, S.A. provides fixed-line telecommunications services to residential and commercial customers in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Telefonica Brasil S.A has a market cap of $25.22 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.5, below the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 8.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 17.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Telefonica Brasil S.A a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Telefonica Brasil S.A as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, unimpressive growth in net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Globecomm Systems (GCOM), down 16.6%, XRS (XRSC), down 11.3%, Xyratex (XRTX), down 10.2%, and Video Display Corporation (VIDE), down 9.3%, were all laggards within the technology sector with 3D Systems Corporation (DDD) being today's technology sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the technology sector could consider Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) while those bearish on the technology sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology (REW).

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