Nokia Oyj (NOK): Today's Featured Telecommunications Laggard

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Nokia Oyj ( NOK) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Nokia Oyj fell 6 cents (-1.5%) to $3.93 on light volume. Throughout the day, 27.8 million shares of Nokia Oyj exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 65.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.91-$3.98 after having opened the day at $3.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.99. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Earthlink ( ELNK), down 11%, WPCS International ( WPCS), down 7.7%, Net Element International ( NETE), down 6%, and ARC Group Worldwide ( ARCW), down 4.8%.
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Nokia Corporation provides telecommunications infrastructure hardware, software, and services worldwide. The company offers smart phones and smart devices; and feature phones, and related services and applications. Nokia Oyj has a market cap of $14.94 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Nokia Oyj a buy, 10 analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nokia Oyj as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Phazar Corporation ( ANTP), up 25.4%, Zoom Technologies ( ZOOM), up 23%, Wireless Telecom Group ( WTT), up 7.8%, and Envivio ( ENVI), up 6.6%, were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with Research in Motion ( BBRY) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

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