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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading down 10.0 points at 16,972 as of Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014, 11:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 176.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 305 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,263 issues advancing vs. 1,642 declining with 191 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be

Verizon Communications

(NYSE:

VZ

), which is sporting a 44-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $52.02. Volume for Verizon Communications currently sits at 19.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 14.1 million shares.

Verizon Communications has a market cap of $212.36 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 5% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.1%.

Verizon Communications Inc. provides communications, information, and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verizon Communications as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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