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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 105 points (-0.6%) at 17,872 as of Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,171 issues advancing vs. 1,802 declining with 173 unchanged.

The Telecommunications industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

BT Group

(

BT

), down 2.1%,

SK Telecom

(

SKM

), down 2.0%,

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone

(

NTT

), down 2.0%,

NTT DoCoMo

(

DCM

), down 1.3% and

Telefonica

(

TEF

), down 1.1%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3.

China Unicom (Hong Kong

(

CHU

) is one of the companies pushing the Telecommunications industry higher today. As of noon trading, China Unicom (Hong Kong is up $0.09 (0.6%) to $15.25 on light volume. Thus far, 77,513 shares of China Unicom (Hong Kong exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 405,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.22-$15.31 after having opened the day at $15.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.16.

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China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited, an investment holding company, provides telecommunications services in the People's Republic of China. China Unicom (Hong Kong has a market cap of $35.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 12.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate China Unicom (Hong Kong a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

China Unicom (Hong Kong

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's revenue growth has not been good. Get the full

China Unicom (Hong Kong Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Telefonica Brasil

(

VIV

) is up $0.20 (1.3%) to $15.40 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Telefonica Brasil exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.10-$15.44 after having opened the day at $15.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.20.

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Telefonica Brasil S.A. provides fixed-line telecommunications services to residential and corporate customers in Brazil. Telefonica Brasil has a market cap of $16.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 14.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Telefonica Brasil a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Telefonica Brasil

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Telefonica Brasil Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

CenturyLink

(

CTL

) is up $0.64 (1.9%) to $34.70 on average volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of CenturyLink exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.10-$34.75 after having opened the day at $34.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.06.

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CenturyLink, Inc. provides various communications services to residential, business, governmental, and wholesale customers in the United States. It operates through two segments, Business and Consumer. CenturyLink has a market cap of $19.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 13.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate CenturyLink a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

CenturyLink

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full

CenturyLink Ratings Report

now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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