3. As of noon trading, Verizon Communications ( VZ) is up $0.29 (0.58) to $50.19 on light volume Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Verizon Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.80-$50.49 after having opened the day at $49.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.90.

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 $148.9 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 125.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Verizon Communications Ratings Report now.

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