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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 0.3%. By the end of trading, Equinix rose $2.67 (1.5%) to $184.02 on average volume. Throughout the day, 693,635 shares of Equinix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 887,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $180.11-$184.30 after having opened the day at $181.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $181.35. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were:

Parametric Sound



), up 13.1%,

NII Holdings



), up 12.6%,

TeleCommunication Systems



), up 3.6% and

Portugal Telecom



), up 3.4%.

Equinix, Inc. provides data center services to protect and connect the information assets for the enterprises, financial services companies, and content and network providers primarily in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific. Equinix has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Equinix a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates


as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,




), down 7.1%,

Tandem Diabetes Care



), down 6.2%,

Allot Communications



), down 6.0% and




), down 4.9% , were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with

Ubiquiti Networks



) being today's telecommunications industry laggard.

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) while those bearish on the telecommunications industry could consider

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