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 down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Alcatel-Lucent rose $0.08 (1.7%) to $4.42 on light volume. Throughout the day, 13,176,462 shares of Alcatel-Lucent exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24,179,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.30-$4.44 after having opened the day at $4.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.34. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: ARC Group Worldwide ( ARCW), up 27.5%, Zoom Technologies ( ZOOM), up 11.0%, Gogo ( GOGO), up 9.6% and Oi ( OIBR), up 4.6%.

Alcatel-Lucent provides networking and communications technology, products, and services to service providers, enterprises, and governments worldwide. Alcatel-Lucent has a market cap of $9.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 224.5% 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. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, eOn Communications Corporation ( EONC), down 8.6%, NII Holdings ( NIHD), down 6.9%, 8x8 ( EGHT), down 5.3% and Pendrell ( PCO), down 5.1% , 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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