Dow Today: Verizon Communications (VZ) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 21.0 points (-0.1%) at 14,493 as of Monday, Mar 18, 2013, 1:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 345.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 614 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,163 issues advancing vs. 1,786 declining with 117 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), which is sporting a 73-cent gain (+1.5%) bringing the stock to $48.75. Volume for Verizon Communications currently sits at 8.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 13.8 million shares.

Verizon Communications has a market cap of $138.57 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 11% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.2%.

Verizon Communications Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 156.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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.

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