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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 up 8.7%. By the end of trading, Research in Motion rose $0.21 (1.4%) to $15.02 on light volume. Throughout the day, 17,555,375 shares of Research in Motion exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 58,047,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.66-$15.09 after having opened the day at $14.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.81. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were:




), up 1623.7%,

WPCS International



), up 21.7%,

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



), up 8.6% and

CalAmp Corporation



), up 6.2%.

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Research In Motion Limited, doing business as BlackBerry, engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of wireless solutions worldwide. Research in Motion has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 25.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Research in Motion as a


. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Ikanos Communications



), down 19.6%,

Pointer Telocation



), down 9.1%,

NII Holdings



), down 6.4% and




), down 6.0% , were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with

Telefonica Brasil S.A



) 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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