CenturyLink Inc (CTL): Today's Featured Telecommunications Winner

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CenturyLink ( CTL) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, CenturyLink rose $0.53 (1.6%) to $33.88 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,963,130 shares of CenturyLink exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,839,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $33.41-$33.90 after having opened the day at $33.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.35. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: GTT Communications ( GTT), up 5.1%, ARC Group Worldwide ( ARCW), up 4.4%, A10 Networks ( ATEN), up 4.1% and Sierra Wireless ( SWIR), up 3.0%.

CenturyLink, Inc. operates as an integrated telecommunications company in the United States. The company operates through four segments: Consumer, Business, Wholesale, and Data Hosting. CenturyLink has a market cap of $19.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 4.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate CenturyLink a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CenturyLink as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Pointer Telocation ( PNTR), down 9.1%, Sky-mobi ( MOBI), down 8.1%, Gogo ( GOGO), down 7.7% and WPCS International ( WPCS), down 7.5% , were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with Alcatel-Lucent ( ALU) 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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