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Verizon Communications

(

VZ

) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Verizon Communications rose $0.68 (1.4%) to $47.69 on average volume. Throughout the day, 31,488,921 shares of Verizon Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 41,911,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $46.97-$47.70 after having opened the day at $46.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.01. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were:

GTT Communications

(

GTT

), up 11.9%,

Alcatel-Lucent

(

ALU

), up 5.2%,

Telefonica Brasil S.A

(

VIV

), up 4.2% and

UTStarcom Holdings

(

UTSI

), up 3.9%.

Verizon Communications Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide. Verizon Communications has a market cap of $195.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate Verizon Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Verizon Communications

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,

On Track Innovations

(

OTIV

), down 11.3%,

Elephant Talk Communications

(

ETAK

), down 9.8%,

Parametric Sound

(

PAMT

), down 6.2% and

InfoSonics Corporation

(

IFON

), down 5.2% , were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with

BlackBerry

(

BBRY

) 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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