5 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 28 points (-0.2%) at 13,217 as of Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,125 issues advancing vs. 1,742 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Telecommunications industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Telefonica ( TEF), up 1.2%, and BT Group ( BT), up 1.2%. A company within the industry that fell today was China Telecom ( CHA), up 0.7%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Telefonica Brasil S.A ( VIV) is one of the companies pushing the Telecommunications industry higher today. As of noon trading, Telefonica Brasil S.A is up $0.18 (0.8%) to $22.16 on light volume Thus far, 462,005 shares of Telefonica Brasil S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.87-$22.28 after having opened the day at $21.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.98.

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 $24.7 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 19.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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.

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