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Dow Component AT&T (T) To Go Ex-dividend Tomorrow

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) is trading up 82 points (+0.6%) at 13,576 as of Thursday, Oct 4, 2012, 10:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 184.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 578.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,866 issues advancing vs. 925 declining with 174 unchanged.

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Friday, October 5, 2012 is the ex-dividend date for Dow component AT&T (NYSE:T). Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 44 cents per share. At a price of $38.35 as of 10:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.7% compared to the average Dow component yield of 2.7%.

The average volume for AT&T has been 25 million shares per day over the past 30 days. AT&T has a market cap of $218.13 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 25% year to date as of Wednesday's close.

AT&T Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides telecommunications services to consumers, businesses, and other providers worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 50.4, below the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 51.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates AT&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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