Frontier Communications Corp Class B (FTR): Today's Featured Telecommunications Winner

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Frontier Communications Corp Class B ( FTR) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Frontier Communications Corp Class B rose $0.49 (10.7%) to $5.08 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 36,867,254 shares of Frontier Communications Corp Class B exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,694,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.70-$5.15 after having opened the day at $4.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.59. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: Elephant Talk Communications ( ETAK), up 9.0%, BlackBerry ( BBRY), up 7.8%, AudioCodes ( AUDC), up 6.9% and 8x8 ( EGHT), up 6.3%.

Frontier Communications Corporation, a communications company, provides regulated and unregulated voice, data, and video services to business, residential, and wholesale customers in the United States. Frontier Communications Corp Class B has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Frontier Communications Corp Class B a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Frontier Communications Corp Class B as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Lumos Networks ( LMOS), down 13.4%, InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), down 7.7%, Sky-mobi ( MOBI), down 6.3% and T-Mobile US ( TMUS), down 5.7% , were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with Level 3 Communications ( LVLT) 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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