Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: AT&T (T) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 125 points (+0.7%) at 17,965 as of Friday, May 1, 2015, 12:36 p.m. ET. During this time, 146.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 375.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,606 issues advancing vs. 1,375 declining with 147 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is AT&T (NYSE: T), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 30-cent decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $34.34. Volume for AT&T currently sits at 15.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 26.2 million shares.

AT&T has a market cap of $180.33 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 3.5% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 5.4%.

AT&T Inc. provides telecommunications services in the United States and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Wireless and Wireline.

TheStreet Ratings rates AT&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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