Telefonica Brasil S.A. (VIV): Today's Featured Telecommunications Winner

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Telefonica Brasil S.A ( VIV) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Telefonica Brasil S.A rose $0.27 (1.3%) to $20.94 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,826,401 shares of Telefonica Brasil S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,286,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.50-$20.99 after having opened the day at $20.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.67. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: Blonder Tongue Laboratories ( BDR), up 5.6%, Wireless Telecom Group ( WTT), up 2.8%, Maxcom Telecomunicaciones S.A.B. de C.V ( MXT), up 2.3% and InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), up 2.2%.

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 7.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 buy. 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. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, Barracuda Networks ( CUDA), down 8.7%, Elephant Talk Communications ( ETAK), down 8.3%, Gogo ( GOGO), down 7.0% and Sprint ( S), down 6.2% , were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with Crown Castle International ( CCI) 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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