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All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 93 points (0.5%) at 17,712 as of Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,836 issues advancing vs. 1,170 declining with 150 unchanged.

The Telecommunications industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include

NTT DoCoMo

(

DCM

), up 1.1%, and

LM Ericsson Telephone Company

(

ERIC

), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

America Movil SAB de CV

TheStreet Recommends

(

AMOV

), down 2.3%,

America Movil SAB de CV

(

AMX

), down 2.2% and

China Telecom

(

CHA

), down 0.8%.

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

3.

VimpelCom

(

VIP

) is one of the companies pushing the Telecommunications industry higher today. As of noon trading, VimpelCom is up $0.16 (3.1%) to $5.12 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of VimpelCom exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.03-$5.20 after having opened the day at $5.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.97.

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VimpelCom Ltd. provides telecommunications services in Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Algeria, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. VimpelCom has a market cap of $8.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 19.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate VimpelCom a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

VimpelCom

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full

VimpelCom Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

BCE

(

BCE

) is up $0.42 (1.0%) to $42.92 on light volume. Thus far, 250,017 shares of BCE exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 844,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.62-$42.92 after having opened the day at $42.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.50.

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BCE Inc., a telecommunications and media company, provides wireless, wireline, Internet, and television (TV) services to residential, business, and wholesale customers in Canada. The company operates through Bell Wireless, Bell Wireline, and Bell Media segments. BCE has a market cap of $36.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate BCE a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

BCE

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

BCE Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Verizon Communications

(

VZ

) is up $0.40 (0.9%) to $47.01 on average volume. Thus far, 6.4 million shares of Verizon Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.57-$47.11 after having opened the day at $46.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.61.

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Verizon Communications Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information, and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide. Verizon Communications has a market cap of $190.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Verizon Communications a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Verizon Communications

as a

buy

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

Verizon Communications 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

).