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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 up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Clearwire rose $1.02 (29.3%) to $4.50 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 97,778,364 shares of Clearwire exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,100,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.13-$4.56 after having opened the day at $4.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.48. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were:

Sonus Networks



), up 11.8%,




), up 6.3%,

Shenandoah Telecommunications



), up 5.6% and




), up 5.5%.

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Clearwire Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides fourth generation (4G) wireless broadband services in the United States. Clearwire has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 18.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Clearwire a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Clearwire as a


. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and generally high debt management risk.

On the negative front,




), down 12.9%,

Trunkbow International Holdings



), down 9.2%,

Elephant Talk Communications



), down 6.8% and

Alaska Communications Systems Group



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

Nokia Oyj



) being today's telecommunications industry laggard.

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