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 down 55.0 points (-0.3%) at 16,382 as of Monday, Jan 13, 2014, 12:15 p.m. ET. During this time, 173.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 358.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,315 issues advancing vs. 1,612 declining with 156 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 52-cent decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $47.23. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 3.94 points or roughly accounting for 7.2% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Verizon Communications currently sits at 9.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 11.6 million shares. Verizon Communications has a market cap of $135.85 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are down 2.8% 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. The company has a P/E ratio of 62.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. 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.