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Tim Holding Company



) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Tim Holding Company fell 74 cents (-2.8%) to $25.58 on light volume. Throughout the day, 725,681 shares of Tim Holding Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.56-$26.69 after having opened the day at $26.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.32. Other company's within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were:

Elephant Talk Communications



), down 13.6%,

Globalstar Incorporated



), down 11.4%,

Nexxus Lighting



), down 10.8%, and

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), down 10.3%.

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TIM Participacoes S.A., through its subsidiaries, provides mobile telecommunications services using digital technologies to business and individual customers in Brazil. The company offers mobile, fixed and long distance telephony, data transmission and Internet services. Tim Holding Company has a market cap of $12.87 billion and is part of the


sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.6, above the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 8.8 and equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Tim Holding Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tim Holding Company as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,




), up 13.2%,

FairPoint Communications



), up 9.6%,

Trunkbow International Holdings



), up 9%, and

RIT Technologies



), up 6.2%, were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with

Ericsson Telephone Company



) being today's featured telecommunications industry winner.

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