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NII Holdings



) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, NII Holdings rose $0.15 (2.0%) to $7.70 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,575,751 shares of NII Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,400,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.55-$7.98 after having opened the day at $7.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.55. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were:

ARC Group Worldwide



), up 8.0%,




), up 7.5%,

Hawaiian Telcom Holdco



), up 4.3% and




), up 4.2%.

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NII Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides wireless communication services under the Nextel brand name to businesses and individuals in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and Chile. NII Holdings has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate NII Holdings a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NII Holdings 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, generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,

WPCS International



), down 7.5%,

Nortel Inversora



), down 6.9%,




), down 6.8% and

Telecom Italia SpA



), down 5.8% , were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with




) being today's telecommunications industry laggard.

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