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Verizon (VZ) Due For Strong 2013 Finish: UBS

Stocks in this article: VZ

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Verizon  (VZ) is due for a strong finish to 2013, according to UBS, after reporting better margins in both wireless and wireline in the third quarter. The investment firm maintained its "neutral" rating but upgraded its price target to $51 from $50.

Deutsche Bank has upgraded Verizon to "buy" from "hold" and revised its price target to $56 from $49, on the view revenue growth for wireless and FiOS look sustainable.

Canaccord Genuity reiterated its "buy" rating and price target of $55, while Oppenheimer retained an "outperform" rating and price target $56, both citing record strength in wireless and signs of improvement in its wireline business.

Verizon Communications reported better-than-expected earnings of $2.2 billion or 77 cents a share on revenue of $30.28 billion. Analysts had expected earnings per share of 74 cents and $30.16 billion in revenue.

"These strong third-quarter results reflect Verizon's long-term investment in reliable, high-quality networks to deliver value to customers," CEO Lowell McAdam said in a statement. "Our unwavering focus on wireless, FiOS and strategic enterprise services has produced consistent performance, and we've delivered double-digit earnings growth in six of the past seven quarters"

Verizon shares have gained 2.1% to $49.94 as of 3:50 p.m. ET. The telecommunications company is up 15.3% in the year to date.

TheStreet Ratings team rates Verizon Communications Inc as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate Verizon Communications Inc (VZ) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. 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 somewhat disappointing return on equity."

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