Windstream Corp (WIN): Today's Featured Telecommunications Winner

Windstream ( WIN) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Windstream rose 5 cents (0.5%) to $9.83 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9.5 million shares of Windstream exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.62-$9.89 after having opened the day at $9.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.78. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: Ambient Corporation ( AMBT), up 18.3%, Alvarion ( ALVR), up 12.4%, Cellcom Israel ( CEL), up 8.8%, and Ceragon Networks ( CRNT), up 8.2%.

Windstream Corporation provides communications and technology solutions in the United States. The company offers business services, as well as provides broadband, voice, and video services to consumers primarily in rural markets. Windstream has a market cap of $5.75 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.7, above the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 25.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 16.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Windstream a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Windstream as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Internet Gold Golden Lines ( IGLD), down 8%, WPCS International ( WPCS), down 6.2%, B Communications ( BCOM), down 6.1%, and NII Holdings ( NIHD), down 5.6%, were all losers within the telecommunications industry with Telefonica ( TEF) 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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