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Alcatel-Lucent ( ALU) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Alcatel-Lucent rose $0.04 (1.5%) to $2.70 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11,477,548 shares of Alcatel-Lucent exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,838,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.68-$2.73 after having opened the day at $2.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.66. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: Ubiquiti Networks ( UBNT), up 24.5%, Inteliquent ( IQNT), up 16.5%, eOn Communications Corporation ( EONC), up 13.5% and Zoom Technologies ( ZOOM), up 8.7%.

Alcatel-Lucent provides networking and communications technology, products, and services to service providers, enterprises, and governments worldwide. Alcatel-Lucent has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 91.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Alcatel-Lucent a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alcatel-Lucent as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the negative front, Zhone Technologies ( ZHNE), down 10.4%, Otelco Inc. Class A ( OTEL), down 10.2%, Numerex ( NMRX), down 8.9% and Gogo ( GOGO), down 8.0% , were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with AT&T ( T) 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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