LM Ericsson Telephone Company (ERIC): Today's Featured Telecommunications Laggard

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LM Ericsson Telephone Company ( ERIC) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, LM Ericsson Telephone Company fell $0.15 (-1.1%) to $13.34 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,649,336 shares of LM Ericsson Telephone Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,834,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $13.32-$13.42 after having opened the day at $13.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.49. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Alteva ( ALTV), down 29.2%, Optical Cable Corporation ( OCC), down 6.7%, Aviat Networks ( AVNW), down 5.8% and RELM Wireless Corporation ( RWC), down 4.5%.

Ericsson provides telecommunications equipment and services to mobile and fixed network operators worldwide. It operates in four segments: Networks, Global Services, Support Solutions, and ST-Ericsson. LM Ericsson Telephone Company has a market cap of $45.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 36.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate LM Ericsson Telephone Company a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LM Ericsson Telephone Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Sky-mobi ( MOBI), up 31.0%, Zoom Technologies ( ZOOM), up 30.1%, CalAmp Corporation ( CAMP), up 8.7% and Ikanos Communications ( IKAN), up 7.4% , were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with Qualcomm ( QCOM) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

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