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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading down 20.0 points (-0.1%) at 18,265 as of Friday, May 22, 2015, 10:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 49.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 362.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,235 issues advancing vs. 1,574 declining with 247 unchanged.

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Holding back the Dow today is

AT&T

(NYSE:

T

), which is lagging the broader Dow index with an 18-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $34.88. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 1.36 points or roughly accounting for 6.8% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for AT&T currently sits at 6.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 27.9 million shares.

AT&T has a market cap of $179.78 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 4.4% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 5.4%.

AT&T Inc. provides telecommunications services in the United States and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Wireless and Wireline.

TheStreet Ratings rates AT&T as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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