Clearwire Shares Recovered Briefly: What You Need to Know

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What: A day after taking a well-deserved beating, shares of Clearwire (Nasdaq: CLWR  ) surged as much as 12.5% in early trading but couldn't hold the rally and ended up 2.3%.

So what: Bargain shoppers piled in at the open, it seems, only to find their way elsewhere as the broader market struggled to make sense of new employment data. A tech selloff probably didn't help, either, as the Nasdaq fell close to 1% on the day.

Now what: Expect more of this volatility in the days and weeks ahead. At a market cap of roughly $440 million, Clearwire now sits in microcap territory yet still trades more than 6 million shares daily. Big-money buyers and sellers will move the stock to and fro as they jump in and out, eking out gains a point at a time -- right up until the future of this company becomes clear enough for long-term investors to get in. (Pun intended.) Do you agree? Disagree? Weigh in using the comments box below.

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  • Report this Comment On August 05, 2011, at 8:59 PM, jopow wrote:

    This is certainly a tug of war among giant institutional bulls and bears, with the bears winning so far. Clearwire management this week really sounded upbeat that they can technologically offer LTE on their network. Management is seeking funding, and it seems that they will find somebody that will infuse cash or an equity stake. The intrinsic value of the spectrum and network infrastructure should be coveted by somebody. None of this would be happening if Sprint had profits and excess capital in the bank. If that were the case, Sprint could merely take over the entire Clearwire network and operate it as it sees fit, with full control. My take is that eventually, somebody will come in to invest in order to participate in the mobile communications business.

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