Dow Today: Verizon Communications (VZ) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 72 points (+0.4%) at 16,112 as of Thursday, Feb 20, 2014, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 145.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 381.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,810 issues advancing vs. 1,095 declining with 165 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), which is sporting a $1.51 gain (+3.3%) bringing the stock to $48.04. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 11.43 points or roughly accounting for 15.9% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Verizon Communications currently sits at 25.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 15.5 million shares.

Verizon Communications has a market cap of $131.5 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are down 5.3% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.6%.

Verizon Communications Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide.

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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