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

Tim Holding Company ( TSU) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.3%. By the end of trading, Tim Holding Company rose 21 cents (0.9%) to $24.66 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of Tim Holding Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $23.63-$25.11 after having opened the day at $23.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.45. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: Ditech Networks Corporation ( DITC), up 7%, Iteris ( ITI), up 6.8%, Linktone ( LTON), up 4.7%, and Nexxus Lighting ( NEXS), up 4.2%.

TIM Participacoes S.A., through its subsidiaries, provides mobile telecommunications services using digital technologies to business and individual customers in Brazil. The company offers mobile, fixed and long distance telephony, data transmission and Internet services. Tim Holding Company has a market cap of $11.83 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.2, above the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 8.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Tim Holding Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate 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 increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Ambient Corporation ( AMBT), down 20.1%, Leap Wireless International ( LEAP), down 12.3%, Elephant Talk Communications ( ETAK), down 11.1%, and EXFO ( EXFO), down 11.1%, were all losers within the telecommunications industry with Equinix ( EQIX) 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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