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Qualcomm

(

QCOM

) 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, Qualcomm rose $1.25 (1.7%) to $72.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12,027,598 shares of Qualcomm exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,647,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $71.87-$73.09 after having opened the day at $71.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.71. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were:

Zoom Technologies

(

ZOOM

), up 17.6%,

eOn Communications Corporation

(

EONC

), up 7.1%,

WPCS International

(

WPCS

), up 6.7% and

MERU Networks

(

MERU

), up 5.7%.

QUALCOMM Incorporated designs, develops, manufactures, and markets digital communications products and services based on code division multiple access (CDMA), orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA), and other technologies. Qualcomm has a market cap of $120.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Qualcomm a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Qualcomm

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front,

ARC Group Worldwide

TheStreet Recommends

(

ARCW

), down 18.6%,

RIT Technologies

(

RITT

), down 17.9%,

Gogo

(

GOGO

), down 6.5% and

NTELOS Holdings

(

NTLS

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

CenturyLink

(

CTL

) 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

(

IYZ

) while those bearish on the telecommunications industry could consider

ProShares Ult Sht Telecommunication

(

TLL

).

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