Mobile Telesystems OJSC (MBT): Today's Featured Telecommunications Winner

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Mobile Telesystems OJSC ( MBT) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Mobile Telesystems OJSC rose $0.40 (2.1%) to $19.05 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,626,751 shares of Mobile Telesystems OJSC exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,949,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $18.57-$19.09 after having opened the day at $18.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.65. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: Sky-mobi ( MOBI), up 17.0%, eOn Communications Corporation ( EONC), up 8.5%, B Communications ( BCOM), up 6.4% and Zhone Technologies ( ZHNE), up 6.2%.
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Mobile TeleSystems OJSC, together with its subsidiaries, provides telecommunications services primarily in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Armenia, and Belarus. Mobile Telesystems OJSC has a market cap of $18.1 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 unchanged year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Mobile Telesystems OJSC a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mobile Telesystems OJSC as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Ambient Corporation ( AMBT), down 9.9%, InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), down 8.9%, RIT Technologies ( RITT), down 6.9% and Cyan ( CYNI), down 6.1% , were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with Ciena Corporation ( CIEN) 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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