Telecommunications Stocks On The Rise With Help From 3 Stocks

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 51 points (-0.3%) at 18,140 as of Monday, May 11, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,286 issues advancing vs. 1,726 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Telecommunications industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Telecom Italia SpA ( TI), down 3.1%, Telecom Italia SpA ( TI.A), down 2.5%, Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) Tbk ( TLK), down 1.9%, America Movil SAB de CV ( AMOV), down 1.8% and American Tower ( AMT), down 1.2%.

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

3. NTT DoCoMo ( DCM) is one of the companies pushing the Telecommunications industry higher today. As of noon trading, NTT DoCoMo is up $0.16 (0.9%) to $18.04 on light volume. Thus far, 48,180 shares of NTT DoCoMo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 237,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.04-$18.15 after having opened the day at $18.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.89.

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NTT DOCOMO, Inc. provides mobile telecommunication services through its long term evolution and W-CDMA networks in Japan. NTT DoCoMo has a market cap of $70.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 21.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate NTT DoCoMo a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NTT DoCoMo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full NTT DoCoMo Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, China Unicom (Hong Kong ( CHU) is up $0.14 (0.8%) to $18.31 on average volume. Thus far, 276,545 shares of China Unicom (Hong Kong exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 576,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.22-$18.58 after having opened the day at $18.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.17.

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China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited, an investment holding company, provides telecommunications services in the People's Republic of China. China Unicom (Hong Kong has a market cap of $43.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 37.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate China Unicom (Hong Kong a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates China Unicom (Hong Kong as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins. Get the full China Unicom (Hong Kong Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, BT Group ( BT) is up $0.39 (0.5%) to $73.14 on average volume. Thus far, 66,360 shares of BT Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 145,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.92-$73.37 after having opened the day at $72.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.75.

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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 $56.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 11.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full BT Group 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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