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Trade-Ideas: Verizon Communications (VZ) Is Today's Pre-Market Laggard Stock

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Verizon Communications ( VZ) as a pre-market laggard candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Verizon Communications as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • VZ has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $430.4 million.
  • VZ traded 87,172 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 9:27 AM.
  • VZ is down 2.8% today from yesterday's close.

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More details on VZ:

Verizon Communications Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 4.1%. VZ has a PE ratio of 124.9. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Verizon Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Verizon Communications has been 12.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Verizon has a market cap of $148.3 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. The stock has a beta of 0.29 and a short float of 1.7% with 5.55 days to cover. Shares are up 16.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Verizon Communications as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • VZ's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.2%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Diversified Telecommunication Services industry average. The net income increased by 15.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $1,686.00 million to $1,952.00 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $7,531.00 million or 26.42% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 12.69%.
  • The gross profit margin for VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC is rather high; currently it is at 62.84%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 6.63% trails the industry average.
  • VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC has improved earnings per share by 15.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC reported lower earnings of $0.31 versus $0.86 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.80 versus $0.31).

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