If you're aiming to "buy low and sell high," then it makes infinite sense to start your search with bargain-priced stocks. Regularly reviewing a list of stocks trading near their 52-week lows can be a great first step.

Here, I'll try to do the initial legwork for you. To prevent us from being inundated with scores of disparate companies, I'll conduct my search by industry. This will allow us to make some initial comparisons among semi-related companies.

There are 24 industry groups as defined by the Global Industry Classification Standard. Telecommunication services is one of them.

Below are the top six companies in this space (by market cap) that are hugging 52-week lows.


Market Capitalization (in millions)

% Change From 52-Week Low

P/E Ratio (trailing)


China Mobile (NYSE: CHL)












Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NYSE: NTT)




VimpelCom (NYSE: VIP)




Vivo Participacoes (NYSE: VIV)




Source: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's. Data as of Oct. 24.

This list is a sampling of telecom from around the world.

Most of the earnings multiples you see are in the low to reasonable range because of low to middling growth expectations. The exceptions are VimpelCom and Vivo, which have double-digit analyst growth expectations.

Of course, with slower growth can come tasty dividends. For example, AT&T and France Telecom both have dividend yields above 5%. One thing to note, though, if you're lusting after AT&T's 8.0 P/E ratio and 5.9% dividend combo -- AT&T's recent earnings are juiced because of a one-time tax benefit, so that P/E ratio looks artificially low.

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Editor's Note: A previous version of this article listed “% Change From 52-Week Low” values based on the home exchanges of foreign-based stocks. We have adjusted to reflect the U.S.-listed values. We have also removed France Telecom from the list.

Anand Chokkavelu doesn't own shares of any companies mentioned. He posts his favorite articles on his Twitter feed.

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