Dow Today: Verizon Communications (VZ) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 161 points (+1%) at 15,537 as of Monday, Sep 16, 2013, 11:32 a.m. ET. During this time, 170.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 518.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,389 issues advancing vs. 534 declining with 93 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), which is sporting a 54-cent gain (+1.1%) bringing the stock to $48.30. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 4.09 points or roughly accounting for 2.5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Verizon Communications currently sits at six million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 12.1 million shares.

Verizon Communications has a market cap of $135.5 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 10.4% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.5%.

Verizon Communications Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide.

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 growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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