The Fifteen Most-Watched Telecom Stocks

By Dan Dzombak, The Motley Fool

People watch stocks for different reasons -- they're waiting for a dip in price, watching for a specific catalyst, gathering all the news and information that might affect stocks they already own, or considering a sell. Regardless of their motivation, we can better understand market sentiment by seeing who's watching what. With the Fool's free My Watchlist service, we have tens of thousands of people telling us the businesses that have, for whatever reason, piqued their interest.

The Most-Watched Telecom Stock Is ...
Looking at the aggregate data, we see that Verizon Communications (VZ) is above the rest in terms of watch interest, the percentage of people keeping an eye on telecom stocks in general who are specifically watching each company. And for good reason. As CAPS Member Joulesh wrote last week:

Verizon's 4g network is the most advanced in the U.S. and it continues to expand FIOS throughout the country, offering better picture and service than competitors. It's network continues to be the most reliable. Expect the iphone 5 to find its way to verizon, where you will really see a big switch from AT&T customers to Verizon's better network and service. Currently I feel that current owners of iphone 4's are waiting for the iphone 5 to make the big switch, rather than shelling out $$ for a Verizon Iphone 4.

Here are the rest of the top 15 most-watched companies in the industry with their watch interest along with the stocks' CAPS rating to show the sentiment of our investing community.



Company

Market Cap
(millions)

CAPS Rating
(out of 5)

Watch Interest

1

Verizon Communications (VZ)

$107,716

****

23.2%

2

AT&T (T)

$181,211

**

21.5%

3

Frontier Communications (FTR)

$8,061

***

10.6%

4

Telekom Indonesia

$16,960

*****

6.6%

5

Windstream (WIN)

$6,497

***

5.8%

6

CenturyLink (CTL)

$12,539

***

4.8%

7

Level 3 Communications (LVLT)

$2,477

****

4.0%

8

Neutral Tandem (TNDM)

$481

*****

3.3%

9

Telefonica (TEF)

$80,933

*****

3.0%

10

8x8 (EGHT)

$182

****

2.3%

11

France Telecom (FTE)

$42,044

***

2.0%

12

Iridium Communications (IRDM)

$558

****

1.8%

13

BCE (BCE)

$26,593

***

1.6%

14

Vonage (VG)

$1,031

*

1.4%

15

Telecom Corp. of New Zealand (NZT)

$3,000

*****

1.1%


Source: Motley Fool, Motley Fool CAPS


Whether you're keeping an eye on the industry stalwarts such as Verizon or are watching an up-and-comer such as 8x8, it pays to watch. We can help you keep tabs on your companies with My Watchlist, our free, personalized stock tracking service.

Dan Dzombak's musings and articles he finds interesting can be found on his Twitter account: @DanDzombak.

Telekom Indonesia is a
Motley Fool Global Gains selection. France Telecom and Telekom Indonesia are Motley Fool Income Investor picks. The Fool owns shares of Iridium Communications, Neutral Tandem, Telefonica, and Telekom Indonesia. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.


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