NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Communication services, health care and basic materials were the worst-performing sectors in February, according to Morningstar. Communication services returned 3.16% in February. Health care's total return during the month was 3.26%; basic materials had a total return of 3.59%. Some of the worst performers in the sector included: Rogers Communications ( RCI), American Tower ( AMT) and Cablevision Systems ( CVC).
American Tower Shares of the wireless and broadcast communications company lost 1.46% in February. Shares of American Tower hit a 52-week high on Feb. 15 of $64.55. The stock's 52-week low of $45.58 was set on March 21. American Tower has an estimated price-to-earnings ratio for next year of 31.91; the average for mobile telecommunications companies is 19.12. For comparison, MetroPCS ( PCS) has a lower forward P/E of 9.3. Twenty-two of the 25 analysts who cover American Tower rated it buy. Two analysts gave the stock a hold rating and one rated it sell. TheStreet Ratings gives American Tower an A- grade with a buy rating and a $73.82 price target.
Cablevision Systems Shares of Cablevision, the media and telecommunications company, fell 2.2% in February. Cablevision Systems has a forward P/E of 11.63; the average for broadcast and entertainment companies is 236.95. For comparison, Scripps Networks Interactive's ( SNI) P/E is 12.65. Eleven of the 27 analysts who cover Cablevision Systems rated it buy. Ten analysts gave the stock a hold rating and six rated it sell. TheStreet Ratings gives Cablevision Systems a C grade and a hold rating.
The worst performers in the communication services sector in February were Helenic Telecom, down 14.06%; Telecom Argentina, off 11.89%; and Nortel Inversora, down 10.82%. -- Written by Alexandra Zendrian >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Alexandra Zendrian >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to Alexandra Zendrian.