2. As of noon trading, Verizon Communications ( VZ) is up $0.64 (1.3%) to $48.66 on average volume Thus far, 6.8 million shares of Verizon Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.96-$48.75 after having opened the day at $48.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.02.

Verizon Communications Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide. Verizon Communications has a market cap of $138.6 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 156.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Verizon Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 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 solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Verizon Communications Ratings Report now.

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