3 Stocks Raising The Telecommunications Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 8 points (0.0%) at 17,140 as of Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,738 issues advancing vs. 1,242 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Telecommunications industry currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the industry that increased today was Telecom Italia SpA ( TI), up 1.9%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Tim Participacoes ( TSU) is one of the companies pushing the Telecommunications industry higher today. As of noon trading, Tim Participacoes is up $0.69 (2.4%) to $29.14 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Tim Participacoes exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.61-$29.17 after having opened the day at $28.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.45.

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TIM Participac es S.A., through its subsidiaries, provides telecommunication services in Brazil. The company offers mobile, fixed, and long distance telephony; data transmission; and Internet services. Tim Participacoes has a market cap of $14.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Tim Participacoes a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tim Participacoes as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Tim Participacoes Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CenturyLink ( CTL) is up $0.77 (1.9%) to $40.37 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of CenturyLink exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.67-$40.44 after having opened the day at $39.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.60.

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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 $22.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 24.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate CenturyLink a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CenturyLink as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full CenturyLink Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Verizon Communications ( VZ) is up $0.37 (0.8%) to $49.33 on average volume. Thus far, 6.4 million shares of Verizon Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.99-$49.33 after having opened the day at $49.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.96.

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Verizon Communications Inc. provides communications, information, and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide. Verizon Communications has a market cap of $201.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 20 analysts who rate Verizon Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verizon Communications as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Verizon Communications Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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