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Research in Motion



) 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, Research in Motion rose 16 cents (1%) to $16.16 on light volume. Throughout the day, 44.6 million shares of Research in Motion exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 64.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.95-$16.48 after having opened the day at $15.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were:

magicJack VocalTec



), up 6%,

MER Telemanagement Solutions



), up 5.9%,

America Movil S.A.B. de C.V



), up 4%, and




), up 3.9%.

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Research In Motion Limited designs, manufactures, and markets wireless solutions worldwide. Research in Motion has a market cap of $7.87 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 26.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Research in Motion a buy, 14 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Research in Motion as a


. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front,

Elephant Talk Communications



), down 11.5%,




), down 10.8%,

NII Holdings



), down 8.5%, and

Ambient Corporation



), down 8%, were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with

SK Telecom



) being today's telecommunications industry laggard.

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iShares Dow Jones US Telecom



) while those bearish on the telecommunications industry could consider

ProShares Ult Sht Telecommunication




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