The telecommunications industry closed the day up 1.4%. Acme Packet Inc ( APKT), Calix Inc ( CALX), Powerwave Technologies Inc ( PWAV), and SureWest Communications ( SURW) were all decliners today within the telecommunications industry with Alcatel-Lucent ( ALU) being today's featured telecommunications loser. Alcatel-Lucent fell 3 cents (-1.1%) to $2.66 on light volume. Throughout the day, 18.4 million shares of Alcatel-Lucent exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 30.2 million shares.

Alcatel-Lucent provides products, solutions, and transformation services that enable service providers, enterprises, governments, and strategic industries to deliver voice, data, and video communication services to end-users worldwide. Alcatel-Lucent has a market cap of $6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alcatel-Lucent as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally poor debt management and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Trunkbow International Holdings ( TBOW), Novatel Wireless Inc ( NVTL), Premiere Global Services Inc ( PGI), and Ubiquiti Networks Inc ( UBNT) were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with Verizon Communications Inc ( 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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