BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY): Today's Featured Telecommunications Laggard

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BlackBerry ( BBRY) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, BlackBerry fell $0.49 (-4.7%) to $10.00 on light volume. Throughout the day, 20,205,256 shares of BlackBerry exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 28,697,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $9.95-$10.55 after having opened the day at $10.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.49. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: NII Holdings ( NIHD), down 55.3%, RIT Technologies ( RITT), down 6.5%, ClearOne ( CLRO), down 6.3% and NTELOS Holdings ( NTLS), down 5.9%.

BlackBerry Limited designs, manufactures, and markets wireless solutions worldwide. BlackBerry has a market cap of $5.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 38.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate BlackBerry a buy, 7 analysts rate it a sell, and 21 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BlackBerry as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Sky-mobi ( MOBI), up 14.7%, Tandem Diabetes Care ( TNDM), up 5.8%, Optical Cable Corporation ( OCC), up 5.7% and InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), up 5.5% , were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with Alcatel-Lucent ( ALU) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

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