Today's Telecommunications Gainers Led By Windstream Corp (WIN)

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Windstream ( WIN) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Windstream rose 11 cents (1.3%) to $8.33 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6.5 million shares of Windstream exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.14-$8.35 after having opened the day at $8.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.22. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: NII Holdings ( NIHD), up 20.7%, eOn Communications Corporation ( EONC), up 16.9%, Dialogic ( DLGC), up 8%, and Iteris ( ITI), up 5.3%.
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Windstream Corporation provides communications and technology solutions in the United States. The company offers managed services and cloud computing services to businesses, as well as broadband, voice, and video services to consumers primarily in rural markets. Windstream has a market cap of $4.87 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Windstream a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Windstream as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Ambient Corporation ( AMBT), down 6.4%, Atlantic Tele-Network ( ATNI), down 4.4%, Zhone Technologies ( ZHNE), down 4.1%, and Sky-mobi ( MOBI), down 4%, were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with BCE ( BCE) 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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