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.
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