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Telefonica SA (TEF): Today's Highlighted Laggard In 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.

Telefonica (TEF) pushed the Technology sector lower today making it today's featured Technology laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.9%. By the end of trading, Telefonica fell 30 cents (-2.2%) to $13.62 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Telefonica exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $13.50-$13.83 after having opened the day at $13.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.92. Other companies within the Technology sector that declined today were: Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution (KONE), down 26.4%, China Information Technology (CNIT), down 24.7%, E2open (EOPN), down 24.2%, and Zoom Technologies (ZOOM), down 21.1%.

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Telefonica, S.A. provides fixed and mobile communication services primarily in Europe and Latin America. Telefonica has a market cap of $62.8 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are up 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Telefonica a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Telefonica as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, OCZ Technology Group (OCZ), up 26%, Voltari (VLTC), up 23.9%, Park City Group (PCYG), up 21.9%, and Intermolecular (IMI), up 12.7%, were all gainers within the technology sector with ValueClick (VCLK) being today's featured technology sector leader.

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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