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

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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 up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Verizon Communications fell $0.70 (-1.4%) to $47.56 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12,361,915 shares of Verizon Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,930,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $47.45-$48.07 after having opened the day at $48.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.26. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: xG Technology ( XGTI), down 7.2%, B Communications ( BCOM), down 6.1%, Schawk ( SGK), down 4.5% and IDT Corporation ( IDT), down 4.3%.

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 $136.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 63.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Verizon Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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 growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, eOn Communications Corporation ( EONC), up 9.7%, Towerstream Corporation ( TWER), up 6.6%, Gogo ( GOGO), up 6.3% and DragonWave ( DRWI), up 6.1% , were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with Frontier Communications Corp Class B ( FTR) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

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