5 Stocks Pushing The Telecommunications Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 35 points (0.3%) at 14,006 as of Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,786 issues advancing vs. 1,060 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Telecommunications industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include BT Group ( BT), up 1.3%, and NTT DoCoMo ( DCM), up 0.8%.

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

5. Nippon Telegraph & Telephone ( NTT) is one of the companies pushing the Telecommunications industry higher today. As of noon trading, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone is up $0.13 (0.6%) to $22.16 on heavy volume Thus far, 401,244 shares of Nippon Telegraph & Telephone exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 451,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.01-$22.20 after having opened the day at $22.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.03.

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides fixed and mobile voice related services, IP/packet communications services, telecommunications equipment, and system integration and other telecommunications-related services in Japan. Nippon Telegraph & Telephone has a market cap of $52.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Nippon Telegraph & Telephone a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nippon Telegraph & Telephone as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Telefonica ( TEF) is up $0.11 (0.8%) to $13.36 on average volume Thus far, 617,328 shares of Telefonica exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.18-$13.36 after having opened the day at $13.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.25.

Telefonica, S.A. provides fixed and mobile telephony services primarily in Spain, Latin America, and rest of Europe. Telefonica has a market cap of $61.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 57.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Telefonica a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Telefonica as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Telefonica Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Siemens ( SI) is up $1.07 (1.0%) to $104.36 on light volume Thus far, 98,374 shares of Siemens exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 314,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $103.81-$104.54 after having opened the day at $103.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $103.29.

Siemens Aktiengesellschaft, an electronics and electrical engineering company, operates in the energy, healthcare, industry, and infrastructure and cities sectors worldwide. Siemens has a market cap of $86.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Siemens a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Siemens as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Siemens Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ericsson Telephone Company ( ERIC) is up $0.14 (1.2%) to $12.31 on average volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Ericsson Telephone Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.22-$12.34 after having opened the day at $12.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.17.

Ericsson provides communications equipment, professional services, and multimedia solutions to mobile and fixed networks operators worldwide. Ericsson Telephone Company has a market cap of $39.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Ericsson Telephone Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ericsson Telephone Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Ericsson Telephone Company Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, AT&T ( T) is up $0.28 (0.8%) to $35.51 on light volume Thus far, 5.5 million shares of AT&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.23-$35.51 after having opened the day at $35.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.23.

AT&T Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides telecommunications services to consumers, businesses, and other providers worldwide. AT&T has a market cap of $200.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 45.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate AT&T a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 17 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full AT&T Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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