Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM): Today's Featured Telecommunications Winner

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Qualcomm ( QCOM) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Qualcomm rose 66 cents (1%) to $66.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11.1 million shares of Qualcomm exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $65.16-$66.65 after having opened the day at $65.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.64. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: 8x8 ( EGHT), up 10.1%, Novatel Wireless ( NVTL), up 6.5%, Mitel Networks Corporation ( MITL), up 6.1%, and China TechFaith Wireless Comm Tech ( CNTF), up 5.9%.
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QUALCOMM Incorporated designs, develops, manufactures, and markets digital telecommunications products and services. It operates in four segments: QCT, QTL, QWI, and QSI. Qualcomm has a market cap of $112.78 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 28 analysts that rate Qualcomm a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Qualcomm as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Cincinnati Bell ( CBB), down 7.4%, Phazar Corporation ( ANTP), down 7.1%, Ikanos Communications ( IKAN), down 5.8%, and Adtran ( ADTN), down 5.4%, were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with Ciena Corporation ( CIEN) 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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