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

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Windstream Holdings ( WIN) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Windstream Holdings rose $0.09 (1.1%) to $8.01 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,512,377 shares of Windstream Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,080,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.89-$8.02 after having opened the day at $7.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.92. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: eOn Communications Corporation ( EONC), up 15.2%, Towerstream Corporation ( TWER), up 9.4%, Exelis ( XLS), up 8.4% and ARC Group Worldwide ( ARCW), up 7.8%.

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 $4.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Windstream Holdings a buy, 2 analysts rate 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 notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front, Ciena Corporation ( CIEN), down 6.9%, Elephant Talk Communications ( ETAK), down 6.2%, InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), down 5.9% and Internet Gold Golden Lines ( IGLD), down 5.8% , were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with Mobile Telesystems OJSC ( MBT) 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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