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Telefonica Brasil S.A. (VIV): Today's Featured Telecommunications Laggard

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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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Telefonica Brasil S.A fell $0.27 (-1.4%) to $18.87 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,260,510 shares of Telefonica Brasil S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,540,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.81-$19.25 after having opened the day at $19.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.14. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: 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%.

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 $20.8 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 down 23.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Telefonica Brasil S.A a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Telefonica Brasil S.A as a hold. 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. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with CenturyLink ( CTL) 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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