Windstream Holdings Inc. (WIN): Today's Featured Telecommunications Laggard

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Windstream Holdings ( WIN) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Windstream Holdings fell $0.12 (-1.3%) to $8.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9,874,044 shares of Windstream Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,360,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $8.80-$9.04 after having opened the day at $8.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.94. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: eOn Communications Corporation ( EONC), down 4.7%, B Communications ( BCOM), down 3.7%, Alteva ( ALTV), down 3.5% and Blonder Tongue Laboratories ( BDR), down 3.5%.

Windstream Holdings, Inc. provides communications and technology solutions in the United States. The company offers managed services and cloud computing services to businesses, as well as broadband, voice, and video services to consumers primarily in rural markets. Windstream Holdings has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 12.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Windstream Holdings a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Windstream Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Elephant Talk Communications ( ETAK), up 12.5%, Mobile Telesystems OJSC ( MBT), up 8.6%, VimpelCom ( VIP), up 8.6% and GTT Communications ( GTT), up 7.7% , were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with Verizon Communications ( VZ) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

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