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 down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Verizon Communications fell $0.85 (-1.8%) to $47.27 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 54,911,050 shares of Verizon Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,848,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $47.18-$48.25 after having opened the day at $47.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.12. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Net Element ( NETE), down 9.8%, Vocera Communications ( VCRA), down 8.9%, GTT Communications ( GTT), down 7.9% and EarthLink Holdings ( ELNK), down 6.1%.

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 $133.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Verizon Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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, 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.

On the positive front, CommScope ( COMM), up 15.6%, InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), up 9.1%, Mavenir Systems ( MVNR), up 6.3% and Barracuda Networks ( CUDA), up 5.2%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the telecommunications industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Telecom ( IYZ) while those bearish on the telecommunications industry could consider ProShares Ult Sht Telecommunication ( TLL).

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