1. As of noon trading, AT&T ( T) is up $0.30 (0.9%) to $33.84 on light volume Thus far, 7.8 million shares of AT&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.55-$34.03 after having opened the day at $33.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.54.

AT&T Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides telecommunications services to consumers, businesses, and other providers worldwide. AT&T has a market cap of $188.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate AT&T a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 20 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AT&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full AT&T Ratings Report now.

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A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.
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