Crown Castle International Corp (CCI): Today's Featured Telecommunications Laggard

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Crown Castle International ( CCI) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Crown Castle International fell $1.14 (-1.5%) to $76.73 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,036,719 shares of Crown Castle International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,728,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $76.66-$78.54 after having opened the day at $78.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.87. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: WPCS International ( WPCS), down 16.5%, Linktone ( LTON), down 10.6%, Parametric Sound ( PAMT), down 7.8% and Lumos Networks ( LMOS), down 7.8%.
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Crown Castle International Corp., together with is subsidiaries, owns, operates, and leases shared wireless infrastructure primarily in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Australia. Crown Castle International has a market cap of $22.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 149.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Crown Castle International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Crown Castle International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations 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.

On the positive front, Zoom Technologies ( ZOOM), down 34.9%, DragonWave ( DRWI), down 8.2%, Glowpoint ( GLOW), down 6.5% and Hong Kong Television Network ( HKTV), down 5.2% , were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with NII Holdings ( NIHD) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

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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