Verizon Communications Inc (VZ): Today's Featured Technology Laggard

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Verizon Communications ( VZ) pushed the Technology sector lower today making it today's featured Technology laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Verizon Communications fell 54 cents (-1.3%) to $41.70 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15 million shares of Verizon Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $41.60-$42.49 after having opened the day at $42.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.24. Other companies within the Technology sector that declined today were: Velti ( VELT), down 34.2%, UTStarcom Holdings ( UTSI), down 28.4%, OSI Systems ( OSIS), down 28.1%, and Astea International ( ATEA), down 27.7%.
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Verizon Communications Inc. provides communications, information, and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide. Verizon Communications has a market cap of $121.41 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 39.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Verizon Communications a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verizon Communications as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Recon Technology ( RCON), up 137.1%, MeetMe ( MEET), up 40.6%, eOn Communications Corporation ( EONC), up 17.8%, and Chyron Corporation ( CHYR), up 13.7%, were all gainers within the technology sector with Adobe Systems ( ADBE) being today's featured technology sector leader.

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