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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 123 points (-0.7%) at 17,854 as of Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 1:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,105 issues advancing vs. 1,894 declining with 134 unchanged.

The Telecommunications industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include

Nortel Inversora

(

NTL

), up 7.1%, and

China Telecom

(

CHA

), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Philippine Long Distance Telephone

(

PHI

), down 2.2%, and

Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) Tbk

(

TLK

), down 1.6%.

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

3.

NTT DoCoMo

(

DCM

) is one of the companies pushing the Telecommunications industry higher today. As of noon trading, NTT DoCoMo is up $0.10 (0.6%) to $18.27 on average volume. Thus far, 114,016 shares of NTT DoCoMo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 241,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.24-$18.28 after having opened the day at $18.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.17.

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NTT DOCOMO, Inc. provides mobile telecommunication services through its long term evolution and W-CDMA networks in Japan. NTT DoCoMo has a market cap of $71.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 24.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate NTT DoCoMo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

NTT DoCoMo

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, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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. Get the full

NTT DoCoMo Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Telefonica Brasil

(

VIV

) is up $0.28 (1.8%) to $15.88 on light volume. Thus far, 561,333 shares of Telefonica Brasil exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.46-$15.88 after having opened the day at $15.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.60.

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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 $17.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 11.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 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 $0.40 (1.2%) to $34.90 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of CenturyLink exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.36-$35.01 after having opened the day at $34.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.50.

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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 $19.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 12.8% 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 solid stock price performance. 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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