4 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Telecommunications Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 49 points (0.3%) at 16,344 as of Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,931 issues advancing vs. 985 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Telecommunications industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include China Telecom ( CHA), up 1.9%, and America Movil S.A.B. de C.V ( AMOV), up 1.0%. A company within the industry that fell today was NTT DoCoMo ( DCM), up 1.4%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. BT Group ( BT) is one of the companies pushing the Telecommunications industry higher today. As of noon trading, BT Group is up $0.42 (0.7%) to $62.08 on light volume. Thus far, 10,184 shares of BT Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 73,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.93-$62.14 after having opened the day at $62.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.66.

BT Group plc provides communications services worldwide. It operates in four segments: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT Wholesale, and Openreach. The BT Global Services segment offers managed networked IT and consulting services to large corporate and public sector customers. BT Group has a market cap of $48.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 62.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate BT Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BT Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full BT Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) Tbk ( TLK) is up $0.40 (1.1%) to $35.06 on light volume. Thus far, 44,670 shares of Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) Tbk exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 301,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.86-$35.25 after having opened the day at $34.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.66.

PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk provides network and telecommunication services to individual and home customers, companies, and institutions in Indonesia and internationally. It operates through four segments: Personal, Home, Corporate, and Others. Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) Tbk has a market cap of $84.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) Tbk a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) Tbk as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) Tbk Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Verizon Communications ( VZ) is up $0.38 (0.8%) to $48.96 on light volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Verizon Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.61-$49.07 after having opened the day at $48.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.58.

Verizon Communications Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide. Verizon Communications has a market cap of $137.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 12.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate Verizon Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verizon Communications as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Verizon Communications Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, AT&T ( T) is up $0.23 (0.7%) to $34.92 on light volume. Thus far, 4.3 million shares of AT&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.70-$34.94 after having opened the day at $34.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.69.

AT&T Inc. provides telecommunications services to consumers and businesses in the United States and internationally. The company operates through Wireless, Wireline, and Other segments. AT&T has a market cap of $180.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 2.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate AT&T a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 18 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AT&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full AT&T Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 stocks, 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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