CenturyLink Inc (CTL): Today's Featured Telecommunications Winner

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CenturyLink ( CTL) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, CenturyLink rose $0.46 (1.6%) to $30.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,140,275 shares of CenturyLink exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,605,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $29.64-$30.24 after having opened the day at $29.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.73. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: eOn Communications Corporation ( EONC), up 20.1%, Parametric Sound ( PAMT), up 11.9%, EXFO ( EXFO), up 7.1% and Aware ( AWRE), up 7.0%.

CenturyLink, Inc. operates as an integrated telecommunications company in the United States. CenturyLink has a market cap of $17.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 6.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate CenturyLink a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CenturyLink as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, xG Technology ( XGTI), down 8.5%, Elephant Talk Communications ( ETAK), down 6.7%, Viasat ( VSAT), down 6.7% and Cyan ( CYNI), down 6.2% , were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with America Movil S.A.B. de C.V ( AMX) 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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