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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 185 points (+1%) at 18,120 as of Thursday, Jun 18, 2015, 1:36 p.m. ET. During this time, 195.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 342.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,265 issues advancing vs. 762 declining with 145 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be AT&T (NYSE: T), which is sporting an eight-cent gain (+0.2%) bringing the stock to $34.88. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.61 points or roughly accounting for 0.3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for AT&T currently sits at 20.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 29.8 million shares.

AT&T has a market cap of $180.04 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 3.2% year-to-date as of Wednesday'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 its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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