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 up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Alcatel-Lucent rose $0.30 (7.9%) to $4.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 16,265,892 shares of Alcatel-Lucent exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,759,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.93-$4.13 after having opened the day at $3.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.81. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: Alvarion ( ALVR), up 17.5%, NII Holdings ( NIHD), up 11.5%, Internet Gold Golden Lines ( IGLD), up 8.3% and InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), up 7.9%.

Alcatel Lucent Societe Anonyme provides Internet protocol (IP) and cloud networking, and ultra-broadband fixed and wireless access to service providers and their customers, enterprises, and institutions worldwide. It operates through three segments: Core Networking, Access, and Other. Alcatel-Lucent has a market cap of $9.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 13.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Alcatel-Lucent a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 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, DragonWave ( DRWI), down 5.3%, RIT Technologies ( RITT), down 5.2%, WPCS International ( WPCS), down 4.0% and Parametric Sound ( PAMT), down 3.5%.

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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