Level three Communications Inc ( LVLT) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2%. By the end of trading, Level three Communications Inc fell 29 cents (-1.3%) to $21.37 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.2 million shares of Level three Communications Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $21.22-$22 after having opened the day at $21.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.66. Other company's within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Nexxus Lighting Inc ( NEXS), down 18.3%, B Communications ( BCOM), down 10.5%, ClearOne Communications Corporation ( CLRO), down 6.9%, and DRI Corporation ( TBUS), down 6%.

Level three Communications, Inc. engages in the communications business in North America and Europe. Level three Communications Inc has a market cap of $4.38 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 47.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Level three as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the positive front, Maxcom Telecomunicaciones S.A.B. de C.V ( MXT), up 16.9%, Trunkbow International Holdings ( TBOW), up 16.3%, RIT Technologies ( RITT), up 13%, and Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc ( ALSK), up 9.7%, were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with Qualcomm Inc ( QCOM) 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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