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

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Telefonica Brasil S.A ( VIV) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Telefonica Brasil S.A fell $0.40 (-1.9%) to $20.45 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,476,725 shares of Telefonica Brasil S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,345,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $20.43-$21.03 after having opened the day at $21.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.85. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Ambient Corporation ( AMBT), down 5.4%, Vonage Holdings Corporation ( VG), down 4.0%, I.D. Systems ( IDSY), down 3.2% and A10 Networks ( ATEN), down 3.2%.

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 $23.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 8.4% 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 attractive valuation levels, 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 has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the positive front, Cbeyond ( CBEY), up 38.6%, eOn Communications Corporation ( EONC), up 13.5%, Sky-mobi ( MOBI), up 8.3% and Aviat Networks ( AVNW), up 7.5% , were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with Crown Castle International ( CCI) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

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