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) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.0%. By the end of trading, AT&T fell $0.90 (-2.5%) to $34.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 31,546,079 shares of AT&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25,256,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $34.32-$35.20 after having opened the day at $35.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.25. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were:




), down 13.0%,




), down 10.9%,




), down 8.8% and

NII Holdings



), down 7.8%.

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AT&T Inc. provides telecommunications services to consumers, businesses, and other providers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Wireless, Wireline, and Other. AT&T has a market cap of $194.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate AT&T a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 20 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates


as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front,

On Track Innovations



), down 22.6%,




), down 7.3%,

Net Element International



), down 6.2% and

Otelco Inc. Class A



), down 5.6%.

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) while those bearish on the telecommunications industry could consider

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