Alcatel-Lucent (ALU): Today's Featured Telecommunications Winner

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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 up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Alcatel-Lucent rose $0.16 (4.0%) to $4.17 on average volume. Throughout the day, 23,202,776 shares of Alcatel-Lucent exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,667,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.03-$4.18 after having opened the day at $4.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.01. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: Elephant Talk Communications ( ETAK), up 15.6%, Wireless Telecom Group ( WTT), up 13.0%, Alaska Communications Systems Group ( ALSK), up 12.4% and AudioCodes ( AUDC), up 10.2%.

Alcatel-Lucent provides networking and communications technology, products, and services to service providers, enterprises, and governments worldwide. Alcatel-Lucent has a market cap of $9.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 189.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Alcatel-Lucent a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alcatel-Lucent as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been very high debt management risk by most measures.

On the negative front, Inteliquent ( IQNT), down 8.2%, Telecom Argentina ( TEO), down 7.0%, Pendrell ( PCO), down 6.4% and Alvarion ( ALVR), down 6.2% , were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with Nokia Oyj ( NOK) 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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