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Mobile Telesystems OJSC (MBT): Today's Featured Telecommunications Laggard

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.

Mobile Telesystems OJSC ( MBT) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Mobile Telesystems OJSC fell 69 cents (-4%) to $16.72 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4.6 million shares of Mobile Telesystems OJSC exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.69-$17.57 after having opened the day at $17.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.41. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Research in Motion ( RIMM), down 10.5%, MER Telemanagement Solutions ( MTSL), down 7.7%, Nexxus Lighting ( NEXS), down 7.5%, and Zhone Technologies ( ZHNE), down 6.3%.

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Mobile TeleSystems OJSC, together with its subsidiaries, provides telecommunications services primarily in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Armenia, and Belarus. Mobile Telesystems OJSC has a market cap of $17.42 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Mobile Telesystems OJSC a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mobile Telesystems OJSC as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, WPCS International ( WPCS), up 9.6%, Novatel Wireless ( NVTL), up 7.4%, Ceragon Networks ( CRNT), up 7.2%, and Phazar Corporation ( ANTP), up 7.1%, were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with Clearwire ( CLWR) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the telecommunications industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Telecom ( IYZ) while those bearish on the telecommunications industry could consider ProShares Ult Sht Telecommunication ( TLL).

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