Telecommunications Stocks On The Rise With Help From 3 Stocks

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 23 points (-0.1%) at 15,403 as of Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,506 issues advancing vs. 1,423 declining with 115 unchanged.

The Telecommunications industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. A company within the industry that fell today was BT Group ( BT), up 0.9%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Telefonica Brasil S.A ( VIV) is one of the companies pushing the Telecommunications industry higher today. As of noon trading, Telefonica Brasil S.A is up $0.22 (1.0%) to $22.01 on light volume. Thus far, 498,411 shares of Telefonica Brasil S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.83-$22.15 after having opened the day at $21.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.79.

Telefonica Brasil S.A. provides fixed-line telecommunications services to residential and commercial customers in Brazil. Telefonica Brasil S.A has a market cap of $24.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 9.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Telefonica Brasil S.A a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Telefonica Brasil S.A as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Telefonica Brasil S.A Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, BlackBerry ( BBRY) is up $0.52 (5.3%) to $10.28 on heavy volume. Thus far, 44.7 million shares of BlackBerry exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.12-$10.65 after having opened the day at $10.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.76.

BlackBerry Limited engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of wireless solutions worldwide. BlackBerry has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 22.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate BlackBerry a buy, 15 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BlackBerry as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full BlackBerry Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Verizon Communications ( VZ) is up $0.28 (0.6%) to $49.60 on light volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Verizon Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.17-$49.76 after having opened the day at $49.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.32.

Verizon Communications Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide. Verizon Communications has a market cap of $142.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 14.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Verizon Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verizon Communications as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Verizon Communications Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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