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

Editor's Note: 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.

Windstream ( WIN) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Windstream rose 13 cents (1.5%) to $8.66 on light volume. Throughout the day, five million shares of Windstream exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.55-$8.69 after having opened the day at $8.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.53. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were: Parametric Sound ( PAMT), up 20.1%, Deltathree ( DDDC), up 19.1%, Clearwire ( CLWR), up 14.9%, and Wireless Ronin Technologies ( RNIN), up 12.5%.
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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 $4.95 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 28.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Windstream a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front, Winland Electronics ( WEX), down 19.3%, Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution ( KONE), down 18.2%, Superconductor Technologies ( SCON), down 17%, and Pactera Technology International ( PACT), down 14.8%, were all laggards within the technology sector with Accenture ( ACN) 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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