Thinking of investing in telecommunications stocks?

Sprint Nextel Corp., Motorola Inc. and Nokia Corp. led telecommunications stocks broadly higher in Wednesday trades as the U.S. market forged ahead.

Stocks got a boost from Intel Corp., the chipmaking giant. The company reported better-than-expected results, though sales still fell sharply from the year-ago quarter and Intel reported a net loss.

In early action, Sprint climbed 3%, while Motorola  and Nokia each gained 4%.

AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. also rose about 1% each.

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