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tw telecom inc ( TWTC) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, tw telecom inc fell $0.57 (-2.1%) to $26.48 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,978,722 shares of tw telecom inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,598,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.47-$27.19 after having opened the day at $27.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.05. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Vocera Communications ( VCRA), down 37.3%, Parametric Sound ( PAMT), down 7.8%, EXFO ( EXFO), down 5.4% and PT Indosat TBK ( IIT), down 5.3%.
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tw telecom inc. engages in the provision of managed network services in the United States. The company offers data networking, converged, Internet protocol based virtual private network (IP VPN), and Internet access services. Tw telecom inc has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 54.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate tw telecom inc a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates tw telecom inc as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, Deltathree ( DDDC), down 46.3%, Ambient Corporation ( AMBT), down 7.8%, Sierra Wireless ( SWIR), down 6.7% and Schawk ( SGK), down 6.5% , were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with Siemens ( SI) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

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