Siemens AG (SI): Today's Featured Telecommunications Laggard

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Siemens ( SI) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.1%. By the end of trading, Siemens fell $1.55 (-1.4%) to $106.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, 412,111 shares of Siemens exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 402,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $105.68-$106.66 after having opened the day at $106.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.71. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Zoom Technologies ( ZOOM), down 11.0%, Alvarion ( ALVR), down 10.1%, Deltathree ( DDDC), down 10.0% and Shenandoah Telecommunications ( SHEN), down 7.5%.

Siemens Aktiengesellschaft, an electronics and electrical engineering company, operates in the energy, healthcare, industry, and infrastructure and cities sectors worldwide. Siemens has a market cap of $91.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 1.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Siemens a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Siemens as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Telecom Italia SpA ( TI), up 8.3%, Telecom Italia SpA ( TI.A), up 8.0%, NTS ( NTS), up 4.3% and Tim Holding Company ( TSU), up 3.6%.

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