Nokia Oyj (NOK): Today's Featured Telecommunications Laggard

Nokia Oyj ( NOK) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.8%. By the end of trading, Nokia Oyj fell $0.06 (-1.4%) to $4.15 on light volume. Throughout the day, 22,435,727 shares of Nokia Oyj exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 33,394,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.11-$4.17 after having opened the day at $4.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.21. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Sprint Nextel ( S), down 10.2%, Telecom Italia SpA ( TI), down 6.2%, Telecom Italia SpA ( TI.A), down 5.1% and Linktone ( LTON), down 3.9%.

Nokia Corporation operates as a mobile communications company worldwide. It operates in three segments: Devices & Services, HERE, and Nokia Siemens Networks. Nokia Oyj has a market cap of $15.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Nokia Oyj a buy, 6 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nokia Oyj as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been an overall disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Deltathree ( DDDC), up 277.8%, eOn Communications Corporation ( EONC), up 11.5%, Voltari ( VLTC), up 11.5% and MERU Networks ( MERU), up 8.2% , were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with Mobile Telesystems OJSC ( MBT) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

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