Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM): Today's Featured Telecommunications Winner

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Qualcomm ( QCOM) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Qualcomm rose $1.17 (1.6%) to $74.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,687,501 shares of Qualcomm exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,367,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $73.20-$74.47 after having opened the day at $73.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.24. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: WPCS International ( WPCS), up 14.4%, InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), up 10.7%, eOn Communications Corporation ( EONC), up 9.6% and Nokia Oyj ( NOK), up 9.3%.

QUALCOMM Incorporated designs, develops, manufactures, and markets digital communications products and services based on code division multiple access (CDMA), orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA), and other technologies. Qualcomm has a market cap of $122.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate Qualcomm a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Qualcomm as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Linktone ( LTON), down 16.5%, xG Technology ( XGTI), down 6.7%, RRSat Global Communications Network ( RRST), down 3.1% and Nortel Inversora ( NTL), down 2.6% , were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with VeriSign ( VRSN) 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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