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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 6 points (0.0%) at 17,548 as of Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,802 issues advancing vs. 1,173 declining with 159 unchanged.

The Telecommunications industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Telecom Italia SpA ( TI), down 2.0%, Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) Tbk ( TLK), down 1.6%, Qualcomm ( QCOM), down 1.3% and China Telecom ( CHA), down 1.1%.

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

3. BT Group ( BT) is one of the companies pushing the Telecommunications industry higher today. As of noon trading, BT Group is up $0.34 (0.6%) to $59.28 on average volume. Thus far, 81,604 shares of BT Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 142,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.18-$59.59 after having opened the day at $59.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.94.

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BT Group plc provides communications services worldwide. The company operates through BT Global Services, BT Business, BT Consumer, BT Wholesale, and Openreach segments. BT Group has a market cap of $48.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 6.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate BT Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BT Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full BT Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Verizon Communications ( VZ) is up $0.40 (0.8%) to $50.68 on light volume. Thus far, 4.3 million shares of Verizon Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.12-$50.76 after having opened the day at $50.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.28.

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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 $208.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 19 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 growth in earnings per share. 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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1. As of noon trading, AT&T ( T) is up $0.21 (0.6%) to $34.93 on light volume. Thus far, 5.1 million shares of AT&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.53-$34.95 after having opened the day at $34.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.72.

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AT&T Inc. provides telecommunications services to consumers and businesses in the United States and internationally. AT&T has a market cap of $181.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate AT&T a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AT&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity 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 AT&T 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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