Telefonica SA (TEF): Today's Featured Technology Loser

Telefonica ( TEF) pushed the Technology sector lower today making it today's featured Technology loser. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Telefonica fell 43 cents (-2.9%) to $14.63 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.3 million shares of Telefonica exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.55-$14.85 after having opened the day at $14.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.06. Other company's within the Technology sector that declined today were: Vimicro International Corporation ( VIMC), down 13.5%, Nam Tai Electronics ( NTE), down 11.6%, Groupon ( GRPN), down 10.6%, and Aetrium Incorporated ( ATRM), down 10%.

Telefonica, S.A. provides fixed and mobile telephony services primarily in Spain, Latin America, and rest of Europe. Telefonica has a market cap of $67.64 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Currently there is one analyst that rates Telefonica a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Telefonica as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Powerwave Technologies ( PWAV), up 15.3%, Demand Media ( DMD), up 14.6%, Tucows ( TCX), up 14.3%, and ClearSign Combustion ( CLIR), up 13.1%, were all gainers within the technology sector with Atmel Corporation ( ATML) being today's featured technology sector winner.

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