Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM): Today's Featured Telecommunications Laggard

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Qualcomm ( QCOM) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Qualcomm fell $0.87 (-1.4%) to $62.10 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 29,338,153 shares of Qualcomm exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,604,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $61.42-$63.11 after having opened the day at $62.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.97. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Net Element International ( NETE), down 8.8%, RIT Technologies ( RITT), down 5.8%, Maxcom Telecomunicaciones S.A.B. de C.V ( MXT), down 5.5% and Equinix ( EQIX), down 5.5%.
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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 $109.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 26 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, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Ambient Corporation ( AMBT), down 9.5%, Ikanos Communications ( IKAN), down 8.7%, Elephant Talk Communications ( ETAK), down 7.9% and Novatel Wireless ( NVTL), down 7.7% , were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with VeriSign ( VRSN) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

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