Crown Castle International Corp (CCI): Today's Featured Telecommunications Laggard

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Crown Castle International ( CCI) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Crown Castle International fell 78 cents (-1.1%) to $72.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Crown Castle International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $72.57-$73.60 after having opened the day at $73.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.54. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Net Element International ( NETE), down 11.1%, Phazar Corporation ( ANTP), down 11%, Zhone Technologies ( ZHNE), down 7.9%, and Inteliquent ( IQNT), down 6.5%.
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Crown Castle International Corp., together with is subsidiaries, owns, operates, and leases shared wireless infrastructure primarily in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Australia. Crown Castle International has a market cap of $21.58 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 84.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Crown Castle International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Crown Castle International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, Zoom Technologies ( ZOOM), up 32%, eOn Communications Corporation ( EONC), up 18%, Dialogic ( DLGC), up 15.4%, and Parametric Sound ( PAMT), up 12.1%, were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with JDS Uniphase Corp (CA ( JDSU) 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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