Crown Castle International Corp (CCI): Today's Featured Telecommunications Laggard

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Crown Castle International ( CCI) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Crown Castle International fell $1.05 (-1.4%) to $71.73 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,508,639 shares of Crown Castle International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,474,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $71.29-$73.14 after having opened the day at $73.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.78. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Net Element ( NETE), down 16.0%, InfoSonics ( IFON), down 12.1%, Ambient ( AMBT), down 9.2% and Sky-mobi ( MOBI), down 8.4%.

Crown Castle International Corp., together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and leases shared wireless infrastructure in the United States and Australia. Crown Castle International has a market cap of $24.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 287.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Crown Castle International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Crown Castle International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Telecom Argentina ( TEO), up 5.6%, Portugal Telecom ( PT), up 4.7%, China Telecom ( CHA), up 4.1% and Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS ( TKC), up 4.1% , were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with BlackBerry ( BBRY) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

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