Windstream Holdings Inc. (WIN): Today's Featured Telecommunications Laggard

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Windstream Holdings ( WIN) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Windstream Holdings fell $0.12 (-1.4%) to $8.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,870,691 shares of Windstream Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,086,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $8.19-$8.40 after having opened the day at $8.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.31. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Nortel Inversora ( NTL), down 6.0%, B Communications ( BCOM), down 5.7%, Clearfield ( CLFD), down 5.5% and Glowpoint ( GLOW), down 5.1%.

Windstream Holdings, Inc. 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 Holdings has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 4.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Windstream Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

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

On the positive front, Deltathree ( DDDC), up 22.2%, PT Indosat TBK ( IIT), up 15.1%, Linktone ( LTON), up 11.7% and Motricity ( MOTR), up 5.7%.

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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