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 0.9%. By the end of trading, Verizon Communications fell $0.58 (-1.2%) to $48.42 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11,900,588 shares of Verizon Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,024,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $48.22-$49.33 after having opened the day at $49.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.00. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: WPCS International ( WPCS), down 6.9%, Sprint ( S), down 4.4%, Sierra Wireless ( SWIR), down 4.3% and Elephant Talk Communications ( ETAK), 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 $140.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate Verizon Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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, Oi ( OIBR), up 16.7%, Linktone ( LTON), up 11.6%, China TechFaith Wireless Comm Tech ( CNTF), up 11.2% and Portugal Telecom ( PT), up 9.3% , were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with Tim Participacoes SA ADR ( TSU) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

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