CenturyLink Inc

(

CTL

) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, CenturyLink Inc rose 20 cents (0.6%) to $35.70 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.8 million shares of CenturyLink Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.35-$35.98 after having opened the day at $35.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.50. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were:

Linktone

(

LTON

), up 8.3%,

Trunkbow International Holdings

(

TBOW

), up 6.7%,

Wireless Telecom Group Inc

(

WTT

), up 6.1%, and

Mobile TeleSystems

(

MBT

), up 5.5%.

CenturyLink, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated communications company. The company provides a range of communications services, including voice, Internet, data, and video services in the continental United States. CenturyLink Inc has a market cap of $22.51 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.6, above the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 19.9 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 20.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates CenturyLink as a

buy

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

On the negative front,

DRI Corporation

(

TBUS

), down 6.5%,

Schawk Inc

(

SGK

), down 6.1%,

Ikanos Communications Inc

(

IKAN

), down 5.8%, and

Zoom Technologies Inc

(

ZOOM

), down 5.5%, were all losers within the telecommunications industry with

America Movil S.A.B. de C.V. ADR

(

AMX

) 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

(

IYZ

) while those bearish on the telecommunications industry could consider

ProShares Ult Sht Telecommunication

(

TLL

).

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