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Telefonica Brasil S.A. (VIV): Telecommunications' Featured Underperformer Of The Day

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 Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Telefonica Brasil S.A fell 36 cents (-1.4%) to $26.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 999,234 shares of Telefonica Brasil S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.12-$26.88 after having opened the day at $26.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.61. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Dialogic (DLGC), down 9%, Internet Gold Golden Lines (IGLD), down 8.3%, Research in Motion (RIMM), down 7.8%, and Research in Motion (BBRY), down 7.8%.

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Telefonica Brasil S.A. provides fixed-line telecommunications services to residential and commercial customers in Brazil. Telefonica Brasil S.A has a market cap of $29.19 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Telefonica Brasil S.A a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Telefonica Brasil S.A as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the positive front, Otelco (OTT), up 10.4%, WPCS International (WPCS), up 8.8%, NTS (NTS), up 6.9%, and Telecom Italia SpA (TI), up 6.6%, were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with Equinix (EQIX) 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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