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 higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, MetroPCS Communications rose 44 cents (3.9%) to $11.63 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 20.6 million shares of MetroPCS Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.37-$12.48 after having opened the day at $11.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.19. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were:




), up 14.7%,

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



), up 14.1%,

WPCS International



), up 12.5%, and




), up 9.1%.

  • ACTIVE STOCK TRADERS: Get full access to Jim Cramer's thoughts for less than $3/week - sometimes before he says them on TV! Start with a 14-Day Free Trial.

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 $4.11 billion and is part of the


sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.6, above the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 12.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four analysts that rate MetroPCS Communications a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 17 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, attractive valuation levels and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Vicon Industries


TheStreet Recommends


), down 20.1%,




), down 9.8%,

Phazar Corporation



), down 9.5%, and

Parametric Sound



), down 9.2%, were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with

Nokia Oyj



) being today's telecommunications industry laggard.

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




FREE from Real Money's Jim Cramer: Winners and Losers Election 2012 - Steps to take NOW so you can profit no matter who is in charge!

Free download now