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

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Qualcomm ( QCOM) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Qualcomm rose $0.71 (1.1%) to $65.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,978,535 shares of Qualcomm exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,646,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $64.31-$65.48 after having opened the day at $64.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.56. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: Voltari ( VLTC), up 14.0%, B Communications ( BCOM), up 13.5%, Clearfield ( CLFD), up 13.2% and Zoom Technologies ( ZOOM), up 12.6%.

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 $110.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 25 analysts that rate Qualcomm a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Iridium Communications ( IRDM), down 18.6%, Deltathree ( DDDC), down 15.5%, Cbeyond ( CBEY), down 14.4% and Alvarion ( ALVR), down 7.5% , were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with Alcatel-Lucent ( ALU) being today's telecommunications industry laggard.

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