Clearwire Corp (CLWR): Today's Featured Telecommunications Winner

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Clearwire ( CLWR) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Clearwire rose 9 cents (2.8%) to $3.30 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 33.2 million shares of Clearwire exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.17-$3.36 after having opened the day at $3.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.21. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: Elephant Talk Communications ( ETAK), up 9.2%, Pendrell ( PCO), up 8.4%, Sierra Wireless ( SWIR), up 7%, and Infinera Corporation ( INFN), up 5.7%.
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Clearwire Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides fourth generation wireless broadband services in the United States. The company builds and operates mobile broadband networks that offer high-speed mobile Internet and residential Internet access services. Clearwire has a market cap of $2.21 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Clearwire a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Clearwire as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and generally high debt management risk.

On the negative front, eOn Communications Corporation ( EONC), down 10.4%, Inteliquent ( IQNT), down 8.8%, Nokia Oyj ( NOK), down 8.2%, and magicJack VocalTec ( CALL), down 8.1%, were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with Frontier Communications Corp Class B ( FTR) being today's telecommunications industry laggard.

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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