BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- Telecom stocks are among the worst performers this year, falling an average of 11% and ranking 149th of 154 industry groups on the S&P 500. Still, the following five companies garner "buy" ratings from TheStreet's quantitative model.
4. Hickory Tech ( HTCO) provides wireline and digital-TV services.
3. Atlantic Tele-Network ( ATNI) offers telecom services in the U.S. and the Caribbean. The company is scheduled to report fourth-quarter results today.
2. CenturyTel ( CTL) is a telecom focused on rural areas and small cities.
1. AboveNet ( ABVT) sells infrastructure services to businesses. The company is scheduled to release fourth-quarter numbers March 10.