Siemens

(

SI

) 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, Siemens rose $1.26 (1.6%) to $82.39 on average volume. Throughout the day, 616,878 shares of Siemens exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 639,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $81.48-$82.86 after having opened the day at $82.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.13. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were:

Aware

(

AWRE

), up 19.2%,

Dialogic

(

DLGC

), up 13.2%,

NTS

(

NTS

), up 8%, and

Globalstar Incorporated

(

GSAT

), up 7.4%.

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Siemens Aktiengesellschaft, an electronics and electrical engineering company, operates in the industry, energy, healthcare, and infrastructure and cities sectors worldwide. Siemens has a market cap of $73.87 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.1, above the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 15.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Siemens a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Siemens as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

Polycom

(

PLCM

), down 11.9%,

NII Holdings

(

NIHD

), down 9.9%,

Level three Communications

(

LVLT

), down 9.7%, and

Infinera Corporation

(

INFN

), down 9.6%, were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with

Sprint Nextel

(

S

) 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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