American Tower Corp (AMT): Today's Featured Telecommunications Winner

American Tower ( AMT) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, American Tower rose 75 cents (1%) to $73.03 on average volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $72.19-$73.04 after having opened the day at $72.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.28. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: RIT Technologies ( RITT), up 19.9%, Maxcom Telecomunicaciones S.A.B. de C.V ( MXT), up 11.4%, Nexxus Lighting ( NEXS), up 10.9%, and Internet Gold Golden Lines ( IGLD), up 6.1%.

American Tower Corporation, a real estate investment trust, operates as a wireless and broadcast communications infrastructure company. It develops, owns, and operates communications sites. American Tower has a market cap of $28.47 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 54.7, equal to the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Tower as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Alcatel-Lucent ( ALU), down 19%, Motricity ( MOTR), down 11.8%, UTStarcom Holdings ( UTSI), down 8.2%, and RELM Wireless Corporation ( RWC), down 8.1%, were all losers within the telecommunications industry with Level three Communications ( LVLT) 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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