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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading down 16.0 points at 16,485 as of Thursday, Apr 24, 2014, 1:36 p.m. ET. During this time, 220.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 417.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,480 issues advancing vs. 1,510 declining with 183 unchanged.

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Holding back the Dow today is

AT&T

(NYSE:

TheStreet Recommends

T

), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 42-cent decline (-1.2%) bringing the stock to $34.50. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 3.18 points or roughly accounting for 19.9% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for AT&T currently sits at 24.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 31.4 million shares.

AT&T has a market cap of $188.96 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are down 0.7% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 5.6%.

AT&T Inc. provides telecommunications services to consumers and businesses in the United States and internationally.

TheStreet Ratings rates AT&T as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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