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January 06, 2012 at 15:04 PM EST
5 Wireless Telecom Stocks to Sell
These 5 wireless telecom stocks have come up with poor reception on Wall Street for the past year.

The highly competitive wireless telecom industry takes no prisoners. Either you have an upper-echelon phone — like Apple‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone or a 4G Android device by Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) — with enough infrastructure to wrap around the globe a few hundred times, or you’re left in the dust wondering why you even created a phone company in the first place. What’s worse, even with these attributes, the highly regulated and expensive operations of this industry makes profiting from the ears of would-be customers as difficult as you can imagine. These five sad sacks of the wireless telecom world have come up with poor reception on Wall Street for the past year.

I watch more than 5,000 publicly traded companies with my Portfolio Grader tool, ranking companies by a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. And this week, I’ve got five wireless telecom stocks to sell.

Here they are, in alphabetical order. Each one of these stocks gets a “D” or “F” according to my research, meaning it is a “sell” or “strong sell.”

MetroPCS Communications (NYSE:PCS) is a wireless telecommunications provider in the United States. PCS stock is down 40% in the past year. PCS stock gets a “D” for operating margin growth, a “D” for earnings growth, an “F” for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street, a “D” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased during the past month and a “D” for cash flow in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of PCS stock.

Mobile TeleSystems (NYSE:MBT) is a telecommunications provider in Russia. In the past 12 months, MBT stock has lost 23% compared to a gain of 6% for the Dow Jones. MBT stock gets a “D” for operating margin growth, a “D” for earnings growth,  a “D” for earnings momentum, a “D” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased during the past month and a “D” for cash flow in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of MBT stock.

NII Holdings (NASDAQ:NIHD) provides wireless communications services under the name Nextel. NIHD has lost half its value in the past 12 months. NIHD gets a “D” for operating margin growth, an “F” for earnings growth, an “F” for earnings momentum and an “F” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased during the past month in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of NIHD stock.

Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) is well-known for the wide range of wireless and wireline communications products and services it provides its customers. A 48% drop for S stock in the past year has left shareholders wondering why they purchased the stock initially. S gets a “D” for sales growth, a “D” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased during the past month, a “D” for cash flow and an “F” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of S stock.

VimpelCom (NYSE:VIP) is a group of integrated telecommunications services operators that has customers across the world. VIP is down 38% in the past year. VIP gets a “D” for operating margin growth, a “D” for earnings growth, an “F” for earnings momentum, an “F” for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street and a “D” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased during the past month in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of VIP stock.

Get more analysis of these picks and other publicly traded stocks with Louis Navellier’s Portfolio Grader tool, a 100% free stock rating tool that measures both quantitative buying pressure and eight fundamental factors.


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