Verizon ( VZ) serves about 25% of the U.S. population via its long-haul network. Verizon Wireless, the firm's 55%-owned partnership with Europe's Vodafone ( VOD), serves about 94 million customers across the U.S. Verizon is expected to earn $2.25 per share this year. Its shares have a 5.43% projected dividend yield and a market value of $104 billion. Currently trading at $36.88, its shares are up 7% this year and 19% over the past 12 months and boast a three-year annualized average return of 12%. BMO Capital Markets gives its shares an "outperform" rating based on "the company's leading wireless franchise, extensive broadband footprint and potential for improving financial performance in the coming quarters." Analysts are all over the place on Verizon's shares, giving them 10 "strong buy" ratings, one "moderate buy," 15 "holds," one "moderate sell," and one "strong sell," according to TheStreet Ratings.