3 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Telecommunications Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 60 points (0.4%) at 16,517 as of Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,859 issues advancing vs. 1,154 declining with 141 unchanged.

The Telecommunications industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Nippon Telegraph & Telephone ( NTT), down 1.1%, American Tower ( AMT), down 1.0% and BT Group ( BT), down 0.9%. Top gainers within the industry include America Movil S.A.B. de C.V ( AMOV), up 1.3%, LM Ericsson Telephone Company ( ERIC), up 1.2% and America Movil S.A.B. de C.V ( AMX), up 0.9%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. NTT DoCoMo ( DCM) is one of the companies pushing the Telecommunications industry lower today. As of noon trading, NTT DoCoMo is down $0.33 (-2.1%) to $15.44 on average volume. Thus far, 135,935 shares of NTT DoCoMo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 240,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.37-$15.46 after having opened the day at $15.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.77.

NTT DOCOMO, INC. provides mobile telecommunication services over its long term evolution and W-CDMA networks in Japan. NTT DoCoMo has a market cap of $64.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate NTT DoCoMo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NTT DoCoMo as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full NTT DoCoMo Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Telefonica Brasil S.A ( VIV) is down $0.30 (-1.4%) to $20.94 on light volume. Thus far, 568,395 shares of Telefonica Brasil S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.82-$21.33 after having opened the day at $21.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.24.

Telefonica Brasil S.A. provides fixed-line telecommunications services to residential and commercial customers in Brazil. Telefonica Brasil S.A has a market cap of $23.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 10.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Telefonica Brasil S.A a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Telefonica Brasil S.A as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Telefonica Brasil S.A Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, AT&T ( T) is down $0.22 (-0.6%) to $34.85 on average volume. Thus far, 16.2 million shares of AT&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 30.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.65-$35.14 after having opened the day at $35.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.07.

AT&T Inc. provides telecommunications services to consumers and businesses in the United States and internationally. AT&T has a market cap of $182.6 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 9 analysts that rate AT&T a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 15 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. Get the full AT&T Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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