Why Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) Stock Is Down Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) was falling -9.2% to $3.49 Thursday after missing analysts' estimates for earnings in the second quarter.

For the second quarter the French telecommunications company reported a loss of -0.11 euros, while analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected break even earnings for the quarter. Revenue fell -4.7% from the year-ago quarter to 3.28 billion euros. Analysts expected revenue of 3.28 billion euros for the quarter.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates ALCATEL-LUCENT as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate ALCATEL-LUCENT (ALU) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed -- some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet."

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