Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model


Verizon Communications



) 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, Verizon Communications rose 48 cents (1.1%) to $44.73 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11.6 million shares of Verizon Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $44.02-$44.86 after having opened the day at $44.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.25. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were:




), up 29.2%,

TeleCommunication Systems



), up 17.3%,




), up 16.1%, and

Acme Packet



), up 10.7%.

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Verizon Communications Inc. provides communications, information, and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide. Verizon Communications has a market cap of $126.01 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.8, above the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 41 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Verizon Communications a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verizon Communications as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front,

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



), down 10.3%,

Phazar Corporation



), down 9%,

Globalstar Incorporated



), down 8.2%, and

MERU Networks



), down 7.7%, were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with

MetroPCS Communications



) 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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