5 Telecommunications Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 79 points (0.6%) at 14,527 as of Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,808 issues advancing vs. 1,104 declining with 127 unchanged.

The Telecommunications industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include Tim Holding Company ( TSU), up 4.0%, America Movil S.A.B. de C.V ( AMX), up 1.5% and America Movil S.A.B. de C.V ( AMOV), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Telecom Italia SpA ( TI), down 5.6%, Telecom Italia SpA ADR ( TI.A), down 4.4% and BT Group ( BT), down 1.2%.

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

5. Telefonica Brasil S.A ( VIV) is one of the companies pushing the Telecommunications industry higher today. As of noon trading, Telefonica Brasil S.A is up $0.36 (1.4%) to $26.51 on light volume Thus far, 365,270 shares of Telefonica Brasil S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.30-$26.57 after having opened the day at $26.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.15.

Telefonica Brasil, S.A. provides fixed-line telecommunications services to residential and commercial customers in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Telefonica Brasil S.A has a market cap of $29.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Telefonica Brasil S.A a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Telefonica Brasil S.A as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Telefonica Brasil S.A Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, BCE ( BCE) is up $0.70 (1.5%) to $46.25 on average volume Thus far, 418,413 shares of BCE exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 852,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.74-$46.31 after having opened the day at $45.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.55.

BCE Inc. provides communications solutions to residential, business, and wholesale customers primarily in Canada. BCE has a market cap of $35.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.4, below 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 Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate BCE a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BCE 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, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full BCE Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Verizon Communications ( VZ) is up $0.32 (0.6%) to $49.48 on average volume Thus far, 6.7 million shares of Verizon Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.16-$49.59 after having opened the day at $49.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.16.

Verizon Communications Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide. Verizon Communications has a market cap of $142.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 158.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Verizon Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Qualcomm ( QCOM) is up $0.75 (1.1%) to $66.42 on light volume Thus far, 4.3 million shares of Qualcomm exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.87-$66.51 after having opened the day at $65.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.67.

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 $113.3 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 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 24 analysts that rate Qualcomm a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Qualcomm Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, AT&T ( T) is up $0.20 (0.5%) to $36.58 on light volume Thus far, 8.9 million shares of AT&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.35-$36.60 after having opened the day at $36.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.39.

AT&T Inc. provides telecommunications services to consumers, businesses, and other providers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Wireless, Wireline, and Other. AT&T has a market cap of $201.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.0% 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 16 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 no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. 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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