Tim Participacoes SA ADR (TSU): Today's Featured Telecommunications Winner

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Tim Participacoes SA ADR ( TSU) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Tim Participacoes SA ADR rose $2.94 (11.6%) to $28.27 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,517,975 shares of Tim Participacoes SA ADR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,537,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.82-$28.50 after having opened the day at $27.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.33. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: Oi ( OIBR), up 16.7%, Linktone ( LTON), up 11.6%, China TechFaith Wireless Comm Tech ( CNTF), up 11.2% and Portugal Telecom ( PT), up 9.3%.

TIM Participac es S.A., through its subsidiaries, provides mobile telecommunications services using digital technologies to business and individual customers in Brazil. The company offers mobile, fixed and long distance telephony, and data transmission and Internet services. Tim Participacoes SA ADR has a market cap of $12.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 3.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Tim Participacoes SA ADR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tim Participacoes SA ADR as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, WPCS International ( WPCS), down 6.9%, Sprint ( S), down 4.4%, Sierra Wireless ( SWIR), down 4.3% and Elephant Talk Communications ( ETAK), down 4.3% , were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with Verizon Communications ( VZ) 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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