AT&T Inc (T): Today's Featured Telecommunications Laggard

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AT&T ( T) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, AT&T fell $0.33 (-1.0%) to $32.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, 22,178,628 shares of AT&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24,742,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $32.63-$33.23 after having opened the day at $33.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.15. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: ARC Group Worldwide ( ARCW), down 8.3%, Oi ( OIBR), down 6.7%, Telefonica Brasil S.A ( VIV), down 5.3% and Nortel Inversora ( NTL), down 3.6%.

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 $174.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 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, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, eOn Communications Corporation ( EONC), up 17.6%, Alvarion ( ALVR), up 16.6%, Sierra Wireless ( SWIR), up 8.8% and Westell Technologies ( WSTL), up 7.3% , were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with Ubiquiti Networks ( UBNT) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

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