Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 104 points (+0.7%) at 15,697 as of Friday, Nov 8, 2013, 1:30 p.m. ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,611 issues advancing vs. 1,378 declining with 85 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is AT&T (NYSE: T), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 30-cent decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $34.81. Volume for AT&T currently sits at 19.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 24.2 million shares. Shares are up 6.3% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 5%. AT&T Inc. provides telecommunications services to consumers, businesses, and other providers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Wireless, Wireline, and Other. TheStreet Ratings rates AT&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.