Editor's Note: 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. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 15 points (+0.1%) at 13,049 as of Thursday, Dec 6, 2012, 1:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 346.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 628.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,410 issues advancing vs. 1,541 declining with 134 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), which is sporting a 17-cent gain (+0.4%) bringing the stock to $44.27. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 1.29 points or roughly accounting for 8.6% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Verizon Communications currently sits at 9.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 13.7 million shares. Verizon Communications has a market cap of $124.63 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 8.8% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.7%. Verizon Communications Inc. provides communications, information, and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. 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.