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JDS Uniphase Corp (CA) (JDSU): 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.

JDS Uniphase Corp (CA ( JDSU) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, JDS Uniphase Corp (CA fell 65 cents (-4.3%) to $14.32 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.2 million shares of JDS Uniphase Corp (CA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.30-$15.15 after having opened the day at $15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.97. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: MER Telemanagement Solutions ( MTSL), down 36.2%, Towerstream Corporation ( TWER), down 10.7%, Novatel Wireless ( NVTL), down 7%, and DSP Group ( DSPG), down 5.6%.

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JDS Uniphase Corporation provides communications test and measurement solutions, and optical products for telecommunications service providers, wireless operators, cable operators, network-equipment manufacturers, and enterprises worldwide. JDS Uniphase Corp (CA has a market cap of $3.52 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 10.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate JDS Uniphase Corp (CA a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates JDS Uniphase Corp (CA as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

On the positive front, WPCS International ( WPCS), up 14.2%, Technical Communications ( TCCO), up 5.8%, Net Element International ( NETE), up 5.2%, and UTStarcom Holdings ( UTSI), up 5%, were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with America Movil S.A.B. de C.V ( AMX) 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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