Dow Today: Verizon Communications (VZ) Leads The Day Higher, Home Depot (HD) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 27.0 points (-0.2%) at 16,171 as of Thursday, Feb 27, 2014, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 33.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 399.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,515 issues advancing vs. 1,174 declining with 260 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), which is sporting a 20-cent gain (+0.4%) bringing the stock to $46.55. Volume for Verizon Communications currently sits at 22.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 30.3 million shares.

Verizon Communications has a market cap of $132.39 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are down 5.7% 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.

Holding back the Dow today is Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 66-cent decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $81.04. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.0 points or roughly accounting for 18.5% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Home Depot currently sits at 312,018 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.7 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $114.04 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 0.8% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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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