Windstream Corp (WIN): Today's Featured Telecommunications Laggard

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Windstream ( WIN) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Windstream fell $0.18 (-2.2%) to $8.17 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 20,504,679 shares of Windstream exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,255,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $8.01-$8.36 after having opened the day at $8.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.35. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Alvarion ( ALVR), down 46.0%, Alaska Communications Systems Group ( ALSK), down 14.4%, Deltathree ( DDDC), down 7.6% and Partner Communications Company ( PTNR), down 4.7%.

Windstream Corporation provides communications and technology solutions in the United States. The company offers managed services and cloud computing services to businesses, as well as broadband, voice, and video services to consumers primarily in rural markets. Windstream has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Windstream a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Windstream as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Blonder Tongue Laboratories ( BDR), up 9.8%, Telecom Italia SpA ( TI), up 9.8%, DragonWave ( DRWI), up 6.1% and B Communications ( BCOM), up 5.3% , were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with Mobile Telesystems OJSC ( MBT) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

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