Tim Holding Company (TSU): Today's Featured Telecommunications Loser

Tim Holding Company ( TSU) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Tim Holding Company fell 43 cents (-1.4%) to $29.50 on light volume. Throughout the day, 743,496 shares of Tim Holding Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $29.41-$29.93 after having opened the day at $29.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.93. Other company's within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: MERU Networks ( MERU), down 15.5%, Alvarion ( ALVR), down 8.3%, NII Holdings ( NIHD), down 8%, and Research in Motion ( RIMM), down 5.7%.

TIM Participacoes S.A. provides mobile telecommunications services through global system mobile (GSM) technology to business and individual customers in Brazil. It provides prepaid and post paid services. Tim Holding Company has a market cap of $14.99 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.8, above the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 1.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Tim Holding Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tim Holding Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the positive front, Nexxus Lighting ( NEXS), up 27.1%, ShoreTel ( SHOR), up 9%, Orckit Communications ( ORCT), up 8.5%, and Frequency Electronics ( FEIM), up 6.8%, were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with CenturyLink ( CTL) being today's featured telecommunications industry winner.

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