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 0.9%. By the end of trading, Telefonica fell 6 cents (-0.5%) to $12.24 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.3 million shares of Telefonica exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $12.17-$12.34 after having opened the day at $12.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.31. Other company's within the Technology sector that declined today were: Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution ( KONE), down 14.3%, A123 Systems ( AONE), down 13.3%, eOn Communications Corporation ( EONC), down 12%, and Internet Gold Golden Lines ( IGLD), down 11.4%.

Telefonica, S.A. provides fixed and mobile telephony services primarily in Spain, Latin America, and rest of Europe. Telefonica has a market cap of $54.81 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 57.4, above the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of nine and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 32.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally poor debt management and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Xata Corporation ( XATA), up 29%, New Energy Systems Group ( NEWN), up 17.2%, Mitek Systems ( MITK), up 13.3%, and Globalstar Incorporated ( GSAT), up 13%, were all gainers within the technology sector with ASML ( ASML) being today's featured technology sector winner.

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