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CenturyLink Inc (CTL): Today's Highlighted Winner For Technology

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.

CenturyLink (CTL) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, CenturyLink rose 96 cents (2.7%) to $36.02 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.6 million shares of CenturyLink exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.56-$36.19 after having opened the day at $35.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.06. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were: Deltathree (DDDC), up 25%, China Mobile Games and Entertainment Group (CMGE), up 18.1%, Dynasil Corporation of America (DYSL), up 14.3%, and CollabRx (CLRX), up 12.5%.

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CenturyLink, Inc. operates as an integrated telecommunications company in the United States. CenturyLink has a market cap of $22.02 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate CenturyLink a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CenturyLink as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Elephant Talk Communications (ETAK), down 17%, Microvision (MVIS), down 16.6%, BOS Better Online Solutions (BOSC), down 14.1%, and NII Holdings (NIHD), down 10.1%, were all laggards within the technology sector with Infosys (INFY) 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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