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) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, AT&T rose 20 cents (0.6%) to $35.39 on light volume. Throughout the day, 21 million shares of AT&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 28.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $34.95-$35.40 after having opened the day at $35.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.19. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were:

Parametric Sound



), up 7.2%,

Technical Communications



), up 5.9%,

China TechFaith Wireless Comm Tech



), up 4.7%, and

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), up 4.6%.

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AT&T Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides telecommunications services to consumers, businesses, and other providers worldwide. AT&T has a market cap of $205.09 billion and is part of the


sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 50.7, below the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 51.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate AT&T a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AT&T as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

Internet Gold Golden Lines



), down 8.8%,

RIT Technologies



), down 7.1%,

Vonage Holdings Corporation



), down 6.7%, and

Lumos Networks



), down 5.3%, were all losers within the telecommunications industry with




) being today's telecommunications industry loser.

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



) while those bearish on the telecommunications industry could consider

ProShares Ult Sht Telecommunication