Verizon Communications Inc (VZ): Today's Featured Telecommunications Winner

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Verizon Communications ( VZ) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1%. By the end of trading, Verizon Communications rose 95 cents (2.2%) to $44.56 on average volume. Throughout the day, 17.6 million shares of Verizon Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $44.11-$44.84 after having opened the day at $44.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.61. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were: Otelco ( OTT), up 39.6%, AudioCodes ( AUDC), up 9.2%, Ubiquiti Networks ( UBNT), up 8.3%, and Inteliquent ( IQNT), up 7.2%.
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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 $124.46 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 140.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Verizon Communications a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verizon Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the telecommunications industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Telecom ( IYZ) while those bearish on the telecommunications industry could consider ProShares Ult Sht Telecommunication ( TLL).

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