Dow Today: Pfizer (PFE) Leads The Day Higher, Verizon Communications (VZ) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 42.0 points (-0.3%) at 15,656 as of Monday, Feb 3, 2014, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 26.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 366.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,316 issues advancing vs. 1,431 declining with 212 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Pfizer (NYSE: PFE), which is sporting an 88-cent gain (+2.9%) bringing the stock to $31.28. Volume for Pfizer currently sits at 3.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 24.5 million shares.

Pfizer has a market cap of $199.75 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are down 0.8% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.4%.

Pfizer Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells medicines for people and animals worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pfizer as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Holding back the Dow today is Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 67-cent decline (-1.4%) bringing the stock to $47.35. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.07 points or roughly accounting for 12.1% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Verizon Communications currently sits at 2.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 12.8 million shares.

Verizon Communications has a market cap of $136.22 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are down 2.3% 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 16.8, below 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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