3 Telecommunications Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 22 points (-0.2%) at 14,556 as of Monday, April 1, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 762 issues advancing vs. 2,184 declining with 121 unchanged.

The Telecommunications industry currently sits down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include P.T. Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk ( TLK), down 2.3%, China Telecom ( CHA), down 1.5%, China Unicom (Hong Kong ( CHU), down 1.2% and NTT DoCoMo ( DCM), down 0.7%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Research in Motion ( RIMM) is one of the companies pushing the Telecommunications industry higher today. As of noon trading, Research in Motion is up $0.76 (5.2%) to $15.20 on average volume Thus far, 38.6 million shares of Research in Motion exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 54.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.29-$15.29 after having opened the day at $14.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.44.

Research In Motion Limited designs, manufactures, and markets wireless solutions for the mobile communications market worldwide. Research in Motion has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 9.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Research in Motion a buy, 15 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Research in Motion as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Research in Motion Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, AT&T ( T) is up $0.43 (1.2%) to $37.12 on average volume Thus far, 12.9 million shares of AT&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.71-$37.21 after having opened the day at $36.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.69.

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 $202.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Research in Motion ( BBRY) is up $0.74 (5.2%) to $15.19 on average volume Thus far, 38.6 million shares of Research in Motion exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 66.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.29-$15.29 after having opened the day at $14.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.44.

Research In Motion Limited designs, manufactures, and markets wireless solutions worldwide. Research in Motion has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 21.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Research in Motion a buy, 13 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Research in Motion as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Research in Motion Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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