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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 17,430 as of Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,691 issues advancing vs. 1,250 declining with 211 unchanged.

The Telecommunications industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that fell today was

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone

(

NTT

), up 0.8%. Top gainers within the industry include

America Movil SAB de CV

(

AMOV

), up 1.1%,

America Movil SAB de CV

(

TheStreet Recommends

AMX

), up 1.0% and

American Tower

(

AMT

), up 0.6%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3.

VimpelCom

(

VIP

) is one of the companies pushing the Telecommunications industry lower today. As of noon trading, VimpelCom is down $0.18 (-3.2%) to $5.38 on light volume. Thus far, 717,230 shares of VimpelCom exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.36-$5.52 after having opened the day at $5.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.56.

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VimpelCom Ltd. provides telecommunications services in Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Algeria, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. VimpelCom has a market cap of $10.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 33.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate VimpelCom a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

VimpelCom

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full

VimpelCom Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Telefonica

(

TEF

) is down $0.15 (-1.0%) to $15.03 on light volume. Thus far, 456,968 shares of Telefonica exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.98-$15.05 after having opened the day at $15.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.18.

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Telefonica, S.A. provides fixed and mobile communication services primarily in Europe and Latin America. The company offers mobile voice, value added, mobile data and Internet, wholesale, corporate, roaming, fixed wireless, and trunking and paging services. Telefonica has a market cap of $71.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 6.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Telefonica a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Telefonica

as a

buy

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its respectable return on equity which we feel is likely to continue. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Telefonica Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Nokia Oyj

(

NOK

) is down $0.05 (-0.8%) to $6.59 on light volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Nokia Oyj exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $6.57-$6.64 after having opened the day at $6.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.64.

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Nokia Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides network infrastructure and related services in Finland, the United States, Japan, China, India, the Russian Federation, Germany, Taiwan, Indonesia, Italy, and internationally. Nokia Oyj has a market cap of $24.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 15.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Nokia Oyj a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Nokia Oyj

as a

hold

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

Nokia Oyj Ratings Report

now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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

).