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

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AT&T ( T) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.4%. By the end of trading, AT&T fell 49 cents (-1.4%) to $35.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 31.7 million shares of AT&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $35.19-$36.08 after having opened the day at $35.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.68. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: WPCS International ( WPCS), down 10.3%, AudioCodes ( AUDC), down 8.5%, Pendrell ( PCO), down 7.2%, and Phazar Corporation ( ANTP), down 6.3%.
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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 $201.24 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 46, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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.

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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