Orange (ADR) (NYSE:ORAN)

CAPS Rating: 4 out of 5

The Company provides consumers, businesses and other telecommunications operators with a range of services including fixed telephony and mobile telecommunications, data transmission, Internet and multimedia, and other value-added services.


Player Avatar TSIF (99.96) Submitted: 12/23/2008 12:34:27 AM : Underperform Start Price: $28.13 ORAN Score: +5.91

CAPS tossed this one up to me as a personalized stock pick. I'm tossing it back. The dividend is the only thing this stock has going for it. It won't keep it above the S&P. It rarely has been. The recent bounce back up to $28 should be a blessing to anyone looking to get out. Phone service, expansion in Europe, Kenya, wifi infrastructure, etc, might not make this a bad play, but 185,000 employees mostly in Europe with a high tax basis will not leave room for growth. Thinning the work force in Europe in a depressed economy is not an easy option. Workers have more clout than anywhere else on earth. Nice buy for the dividend, but I'll put my cash elsewhere.

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