Telefonica Brasil S.A. (VIV): Today's Featured Telecommunications Winner

Telefonica Brasil S.A ( VIV) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Telefonica Brasil S.A rose 90 cents (3.8%) to $24.47 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3.2 million shares of Telefonica Brasil S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $23.65-$24.61 after having opened the day at $23.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.57. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: Sky-mobi ( MOBI), up 17.2%, I.D. Systems ( IDSY), up 8.3%, Telecom Italia SpA ( TI), up 8.2%, and Towerstream Corporation ( TWER), up 8.1%.

Telefonica Brasil, S.A. provides fixed-line telecommunications services to residential and commercial customers in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Telefonica Brasil S.A has a market cap of $26.47 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.5, below the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 9.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 13.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Telefonica Brasil S.A a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Telefonica Brasil S.A as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Nexxus Lighting ( NEXS), down 13.3%, Lumos Networks ( LMOS), down 6%, InterDigital ( IDCC), down 5.8%, and Sonus Networks ( SONS), down 4.7%, were all losers within the telecommunications industry with Motorola Solutions ( MSI) 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).