4 Stocks Pushing The Telecommunications Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 20 points (-0.2%) at 12,795 as of Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,283 issues advancing vs. 1,555 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Telecommunications industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Telecom Italia SpA ( TI), up 4.5%, and Telecom Italia SpA ADR ( TI.A), up 3.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include America Movil S.A.B. de C.V ( AMOV), down 1.9%, American Tower ( AMT), down 0.7% and China Telecom ( CHA), down 0.7%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. Tim Holding Company ( TSU) is one of the companies pushing the Telecommunications industry higher today. As of noon trading, Tim Holding Company is up $0.42 (2.2%) to $19.18 on light volume Thus far, 225,368 shares of Tim Holding Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.99-$19.21 after having opened the day at $19.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.76.

TIM Participacoes S.A., through its subsidiaries, provides mobile telecommunications services using digital technologies to business and individual customers in Brazil. The company offers mobile, fixed and long distance telephony, data transmission and Internet services. Tim Holding Company has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 26.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Tim Holding Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tim Holding Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income. Get the full Tim Holding Company Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Telefonica Brasil S.A ( VIV) is up $0.28 (1.2%) to $23.18 on light volume Thus far, 405,019 shares of Telefonica Brasil S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.96-$23.25 after having opened the day at $22.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.90.

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 $25.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 16.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Telefonica Brasil S.A a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, unimpressive growth in net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Telefonica Brasil S.A Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Mobile Telesystems OJSC ( MBT) is up $0.19 (1.1%) to $16.86 on light volume Thus far, 471,471 shares of Mobile Telesystems OJSC exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.57-$16.95 after having opened the day at $16.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.67.

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC, together with its subsidiaries, provides telecommunications services primarily in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Armenia, and Belarus. Mobile Telesystems OJSC has a market cap of $16.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Mobile Telesystems OJSC a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mobile Telesystems OJSC as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Mobile Telesystems OJSC Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, AT&T ( T) is up $0.30 (0.9%) to $33.84 on light volume Thus far, 7.8 million shares of AT&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.55-$34.03 after having opened the day at $33.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.54.

AT&T Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides telecommunications services to consumers, businesses, and other providers worldwide. AT&T has a market cap of $188.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate AT&T a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 20 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AT&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full AT&T Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 4 stocks, 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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