Verizon Communications Inc (VZ)

VZ (NYSE:Telecommunications) EQUITY
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Today's Range: 49.35 - 50.19 | VZ Avg Daily Volume: 17,204,700
Last Update: 02/12/16 - 4:02 PM EST
Volume: 0
YTD Performance: 8.42%
Open: $0.00
Previous Close: $49.39
52 Week Range: $38.06 - $51.20
Oustanding Shares: 4,068,873,137
Market Cap: 200,961,644,236
6-Month Chart
TheStreet Ratings Grade for VZ
Buy Hold Sell
A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- E+ E E- F
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Analysts Ratings
Historical Rec Current 1 Mo. Ago 2 Mo. Ago 3 Mo. Ago
Strong Buy 12 12 12 12
Moderate Buy 3 3 3 3
Hold 8 7 7 7
Moderate Sell 0 0 0 0
Strong Sell 1 1 1 1
Mean Rec. 1.96 1.91 1.91 1.91
Latest Dividend: 0.56
Latest Dividend Yield: 4.58%
Dividend Ex-Date: 01/06/16
Price Earnings Ratio: 11.30
Price Earnings Comparisons:
VZ Sector Avg. S&P 500
11.30 11.30 26.86
Price Performance History (%Change):
3 Mo 1 Yr 3 Y
11.78% 1.19% 12.76%
Revenue 5.40 0.14 0.04
Net Income 53.70 0.74 0.20
EPS 80.70 13.13 1.40
Earnings for VZ:
Revenue 131.62B
Average Earnings Estimates
Qtr (03/16) Qtr (06/16) FY (12/16) FY (12/17)
Average Estimate $1.05 $1.02 $3.99 $4.10
Number of Analysts 13 12 17 15
High Estimate $1.15 $1.05 $4.07 $4.20
Low Estimate $1.00 $0.97 $3.95 $4.00
Prior Year $1.02 $1.04 $3.99 $3.99
Growth Rate (Year over Year) 3.39% -2.00% 0.07% 2.73%
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