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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Verizon Communications  (VZ) - Get Verizon Communications Inc. Report  may considering acquiring Yahoo!'s (YHOO) core business, according to Verizon CFO Fran Shammo, Bloomberg reports.

Verizon Communications stock is rising 0.88% to $46.11. 

"If we see there is a strategic fit and it makes sense for our shareholders and we can return value, I mean we'll look at it, but at this point it's way too premature to talk about that one," Shammo noted at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference. 

Last week, the search engine company's board was meeting to see it should sell its Internet business and if it should continue with its plans to spinoff its stake in Alibaba Group (BABA), the Wall Street Journal reported. 

This action comes as the company, under CEO Marissa Mayer's leadership, has been struggling to turn around.

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Shammo's comments were the first official hint of interest from a major company that could be among Yahoo!'s potential buyers, the Washington Post added.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC (VZ) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Diversified Telecommunication Services industry average. The net income increased by 9.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $3,695.00 million to $4,038.00 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.0%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC has improved earnings per share by 11.2% 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 $2.51 versus $4.00 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.97 versus $2.51).
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $9,520.00 million or 13.97% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 15.58%.
  • The gross profit margin for VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC is rather high; currently it is at 59.87%. Regardless of VZ's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, VZ's net profit margin of 12.17% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: VZ