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CenturyLink Inc (CTL): Today's Featured Telecommunications Winner

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CenturyLink ( CTL) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, CenturyLink rose $0.45 (1.4%) to $31.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,748,924 shares of CenturyLink exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,778,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $31.01-$31.67 after having opened the day at $31.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.07. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: eOn Communications Corporation ( EONC), up 27.7%, DragonWave ( DRWI), up 16.5%, Barracuda Networks ( CUDA), up 9.9% and Ceragon Networks ( CRNT), up 6.8%.

CenturyLink, Inc. operates as an integrated telecommunications company in the United States. CenturyLink has a market cap of $18.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 20.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate CenturyLink a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CenturyLink as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, WPCS International ( WPCS), down 13.3%, Wireless Telecom Group ( WTT), down 10.0%, Lumos Networks ( LMOS), down 9.7% and Pendrell ( PCO), down 8.4% , were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with Telefonica Brasil S.A ( VIV) being today's telecommunications industry laggard.

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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