Alcatel-Lucent ( ALU) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Alcatel-Lucent rose 9 cents (6.1%) to $1.57 on average volume. Throughout the day, 26.7 million shares of Alcatel-Lucent exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.50-$1.59 after having opened the day at $1.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.48. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: Ambient Corporation ( AMBT), up 27.1%, Globalstar Incorporated ( GSAT), up 20.6%, eOn Communications Corporation ( EONC), up 12.4%, and Motricity ( MOTR), up 11.2%.

Alcatel-Lucent provides networking and communications technology, products, and services to service providers, enterprises, and governments worldwide. Alcatel-Lucent has a market cap of $3.38 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.1, above the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 2.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Alcatel-Lucent a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

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

On the negative front, Blonder Tongue Laboratories ( BDR), down 13%, Gilat Satellite Networks ( GILT), down 11.4%, Consolidated Communications ( CNSL), down 9.4%, and Orckit Communications ( ORCT), down 8.7%, were all losers within the telecommunications industry with Siemens ( SI) being today's telecommunications industry loser.

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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