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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up six points at 18,278 as of Monday, May 18, 2015, 11:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 104 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 364.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,442 issues advancing vs. 1,496 declining with 197 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be AT&T (NYSE: T), which is sporting a 48-cent gain (+1.4%) bringing the stock to $34.81. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 3.63 points or roughly accounting for 60.5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for AT&T currently sits at 17.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 26.7 million shares.

AT&T has a market cap of $177.24 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 2.2% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 5.5%.

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 its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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