Windstream

(

WIN

) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Windstream fell 9 cents (-0.9%) to $9.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.9 million shares of Windstream exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $9.35-$9.55 after having opened the day at $9.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.49. Other company's within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were:

Motricity

(

MOTR

), down 14%,

magicJack VocalTec

(

CALL

), down 9.4%,

Telecom Italia SpA ADR

(

TI.A

), down 7.1%, and

Portugal Telecom

(

PT

), down 6.1%.

Windstream Corporation provides communications and technology solutions in the United States. The company offers business services, as well as provides broadband, voice, and video services to consumers primarily in rural markets. Windstream has a market cap of $5.58 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25, above the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 24.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 19.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Windstream a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Windstream as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

China TechFaith Wireless Comm Tech

(

CNTF

), up 23.8%,

Internet Gold Golden Lines

(

IGLD

), up 16.2%,

Ambient Corporation

(

AMBT

), up 15.2%, and

VimpelCom

(

VIP

), up 10.9%, were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with

Verizon Communications

(

VZ

) being today's featured telecommunications industry winner.

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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