Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model


MetroPCS Communications



) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, MetroPCS Communications fell 13 cents (-1.2%) to $10.59 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.4 million shares of MetroPCS Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $10.53-$10.77 after having opened the day at $10.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.72. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were:

Maxcom Telecomunicaciones S.A.B. de C.V



), down 10.3%,

Phazar Corporation



), down 9%,

Globalstar Incorporated



), down 8.2%, and

MERU Networks



), down 7.7%.

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MetroPCS Communications, Inc., a wireless telecommunications carrier, together with its subsidiaries, provides wireless broadband mobile services in the United States. MetroPCS Communications has a market cap of $3.92 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12, above the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 11.8 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four analysts that rate MetroPCS Communications a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MetroPCS Communications as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front,




), up 29.2%,

TeleCommunication Systems



), up 17.3%,




), up 16.1%, and

Acme Packet



), up 10.7%, were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with

Verizon Communications



) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

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) while those bearish on the telecommunications industry could consider

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