Equinix Inc. (EQIX): Today's Featured Telecommunications Laggard

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Equinix ( EQIX) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Equinix fell $2.82 (-1.4%) to $203.23 on light volume. Throughout the day, 630,992 shares of Equinix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 944,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $203.05-$207.77 after having opened the day at $206.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $206.05. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Nexxus Lighting ( NEXS), down 10.4%, Alvarion ( ALVR), down 10.3%, Dialogic ( DLGC), down 6.8%, and Zhone Technologies ( ZHNE), down 6.3%.
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Equinix, Inc. provides data center services to protect and connect the information assets for the enterprises, financial services companies, and content and network providers primarily in the Americas, Europe, the Middle-East, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific. Equinix has a market cap of $9.85 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 103.2, above the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 102.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 101.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Equinix a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equinix as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, TeleCommunication Systems ( TSYS), up 8.3%, Nortel Inversora ( NTL), up 7.8%, Elephant Talk Communications ( ETAK), up 6.5%, and America Movil S.A.B. de C.V ( AMOV), up 5.8%, were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with Nokia Oyj ( NOK) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

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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