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

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Verizon Communications ( VZ) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.6%. By the end of trading, Verizon Communications fell 92 cents (-1.8%) to $49.54 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15.2 million shares of Verizon Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $49.49-$50.35 after having opened the day at $50.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.46. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Zoom Technologies ( ZOOM), down 21.1%, Wireless Telecom Group ( WTT), down 13.5%, Premiere Global Services ( PGI), down 8.8%, and NTS ( NTS), down 8.6%.
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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 $146.86 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 163.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Verizon Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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.

On the positive front, Voltari ( VLTC), up 23.9%, Elephant Talk Communications ( ETAK), up 11.2%, Parametric Sound ( PAMT), up 10%, and Ambient Corporation ( AMBT), up 6.5%, were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with Nokia Oyj ( NOK) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

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