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 88 points (+0.5%) at 16,345 as of Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 213.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 357.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,129 issues advancing vs. 792 declining with 171 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 23-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $46.80. Volume for Verizon Communications currently sits at 11.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 11.6 million shares. Verizon Communications has a market cap of $136.56 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are down 4.3% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.4%. 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 62.8, 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.