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What: Shares of WiMAX specialist Clearwire
So what: There seemed to be some excitement over the announcement that Sprint Nextel
It seems hard to believe that either of these items triggered the big gains today, but the two together -- perhaps along with bargain hunters sniffing around the stock after it endured a miserable year end -- could have contributed to the pep.
Now what: Given the recent slide in Clearwire's stock, today's action is no doubt a relief for shareholders. But looking ahead, big challenges still remain. Unlike Sprint, which has had problems of its own, Clearwire is not only unprofitable, but is also burning through cash. A continued positive relationship with Sprint as well as new opportunities through new Sprint offerings like the PlayBook are positives for Clearwire, but the stock still remains a highly speculative play.
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