AT&T Inc (T): Today's Featured Telecommunications Winner

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AT&T ( T) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, AT&T rose 37 cents (1.1%) to $35.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 16.4 million shares of AT&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.23-$35.67 after having opened the day at $35.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.23. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: Zhone Technologies ( ZHNE), up 13.2%, CalAmp Corporation ( CAMP), up 11%, Gilat Satellite Networks ( GILT), up 8.5%, and Inteliquent ( IQNT), up 8.1%.
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AT&T Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides telecommunications services to consumers, businesses, and other providers worldwide. AT&T has a market cap of $200.33 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 nine analysts that rate AT&T a buy, two 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.

On the negative front, KVH Industries ( KVHI), down 14.1%, Level three Communications ( LVLT), down 13.3%, Alteva ( ALTV), down 13%, and Warwick Valley Telephone Company ( WVT), down 13%, were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with Qualcomm ( QCOM) 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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