Sprint Corp (S): Today's Featured Telecommunications Laggard

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Sprint ( S) 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, Sprint fell $0.23 (-3.5%) to $6.25 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 64,371,071 shares of Sprint exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17,048,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $6.20-$6.48 after having opened the day at $6.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.48. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Deltathree ( DDDC), down 23.8%, Inteliquent ( IQNT), down 12.5%, InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), down 8.8% and Voltari ( VLTC), down 5.2%.

Sprint Nextel Corporation, through its subsidiaries, offers a range of wireless and wireline communications products and services to individual consumers, businesses, government subscribers, and resellers in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Sprint has a market cap of $19.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 26.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Sprint a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sprint as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk.

On the positive front, RELM Wireless Corporation ( RWC), up 7.2%, On Track Innovations ( OTIV), up 7.1%, Trunkbow International Holdings ( TBOW), up 6.8% and Allot Communications ( ALLT), up 5.5% , were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with BlackBerry ( BBRY) 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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