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

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Windstream ( WIN) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Windstream rose 12 cents (1.2%) to $10.17 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.4 million shares of Windstream exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.06-$10.27 after having opened the day at $10.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.05. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were: Lantronix ( LTRX), up 12.9%, NTS ( NTS), up 12.4%, Aehr Test Systems ( AEHR), up 9.9%, and Groupon ( GRPN), up 9.4%.
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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 $5.9 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.8, above the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 33.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 14.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, LiveDeal ( LIVE), down 19.2%, CollabRx ( CLRX), down 19.1%, Tegal Corporation ( TGAL), down 19.1%, and Inteliquent ( IQNT), down 15%, were all laggards within the technology sector with F5 Networks ( FFIV) being today's technology sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the technology sector could consider Technology Select Sector SPDR ( XLK) while those bearish on the technology sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology ( REW).

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