By the Numbers

Wireless Stocks to Watch


Developing and existing trends in the mobile industry will be highlighted during the annual , taking place in Las Vegas from March 23-25, 2010. 

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During the show, participants will explore themes such as future technologies for mobile applications, safety, efficiency and security of networks, the use of smart energy as well as changes in mobile-marketing strategies and social networking in a global marketplace estimated at $1 trillion and growing fast. 

Indeed, in the United States alone, the growth in smart phone revenue is expected to increase by $57 billion by 2013, according to a 2009 report by Macquarie Group, a global provider of financial services. 

Consolidation in the industry will also be one of the key topics covered. Cisco Systems' recent acquisition of video-conference maker Tandberg, for example, might suggest a shift in technology towards a single platform offering a range of connectivity and other application services.

Investors are paying attention as well.  The S&P 500 Wireless Telecom Services index rose 54.9% in 2009 and CNBC is bringing the news to our audience as the exclusive media partner of the CTIA Wireless conference, broadcasting live from the event. 

Below we highlight some of the stocks that are part of Jim Cramer's Mobile Internet Index. In 2009, these stocks posted an average gain of 117%. RF Micro Devices, a manufaturer of radio frecuency components, led the list, up 512 percent.  

So far in 2010, the same stocks are up 9 percent, on average. Ciena, a communications networking provider, is the best performing company, with a gain of 42 percent.