#2: Frontier Communications (FTR)
Frontier Communications (FTR) stock is up about 11% over the last 52 weeks, which is pretty good for a telecom stock — especially one yielding 8.2%. Add in the dividend, and the total return comes to 19.5%.
The knock against FTR stock is that it’s lost half its value over the past three years amid heavy competition and the erosion of its key small business customer base.
However, the worst of the share-price erosion appears to be behind FTR, as do stagnant profits. After some up and down quarters, Wall Street expects FTR to eke out a slight increase in earnings per share for the full fiscal year.