Crown Castle International Corp (CCI): Today's Featured Telecommunications Laggard

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Crown Castle International ( CCI) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Crown Castle International fell $1.01 (-1.4%) to $71.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,933,189 shares of Crown Castle International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,959,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $71.80-$73.03 after having opened the day at $72.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.00. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Linktone ( LTON), down 37.2%, InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), down 12.3%, InterDigital ( IDCC), down 10.1% and Blonder Tongue Laboratories ( BDR), down 8.9%.

Crown Castle International Corp., together with is subsidiaries, owns, operates, and leases shared wireless infrastructure primarily in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Australia. Crown Castle International has a market cap of $24.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 225.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Crown Castle International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Crown Castle International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and premium valuation.

On the positive front, Hong Kong Television Network ( HKTV), up 16.6%, Elephant Talk Communications ( ETAK), up 11.7%, On Track Innovations ( OTIV), up 10.5% and Envivio ( ENVI), up 7.6% , were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with BlackBerry ( BBRY) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

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