Shares of Verizon (VZ) Maintain Hold Recommendation

VZ stock a hold in latest weekly rating.

By Portfolio Grader

Portfolio Grader currently ranks Verizon Communication Inc (NYSE:VZ) a Hold. With unique fundamental and quantitative metrics developed by Louis Navellier, this analytical tool researches nearly 5,000 stocks weekly. This represents no change from the previous week and is the same ranking VZ has had from Portfolio Grader for the last month.

With a $195.5 billion market value, VZ ranks in the top decile in its industry group, Diversified Telecommunication Services, and in the top 10% of its sector group, Telecommunication Services, in market value. From the perspective of investment attractiveness, The current Portfolio Grader ranking for VZ puts it 33 among the 46 companies in this industry group, which is a below-average position; in the third quartile of the sector with a ranking of 48 among the 67 companies in the sector of its Telecommunication Services sector, and number 2,724 in the nearly 5,000 company Portfolio Grader universe.

Portfolio Grader currently ranks the Telecommunication Services sector number 4 among the 12 sectors in its universe putting it in the second quartile of all the GICS sectors. The Diversified Telecommunication Services industry group is ranked 27 among the 69 industry groups within the GICS sectors, placing it near the average in terms of the Navellier scoring system.

Within the Portfolio Grader stock ranking system Verizon has realized above-average scores in 4 of the 8 fundamental areas analyzed by Portfolio Grader and average or below-average scores in 4 of the areas evaluated in the ranking of company stocks.

The company's operational scores provide mixed results with rankings for operating margin and earnings growth that are well above average, while the score for sales growth is below average. Scores for visibility of earnings are mixed, with rankings for earnings surprises and earnings revisions that are worse than average, while the score for earnings momentum is much better than average. VZ's score for return on equity is much better than its industry group average but its grade for cash flow is below-average. These fundamental scores give Verizon a position in the top quartile of the industry group.

Quantitatively, Portfolio Grader uses the Navellier Proprietary Quantitative Score to gauge VZ's shares from the angle of risk/reward. This unique scoring system considers the relative value of VZ's shares based on the current price of the shares relative to its peers, the market and risk associated with its industry and sector groups. Based on this risk/reward calculation, the company currently scores below-average in its industry group compared to its peers.

Louis Navellier's proprietary Portfolio Grader stock ranking system assesses roughly 5,000 companies every week based on a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. Stocks are given a letter grade based on their results, with A being 'strong buy' and F being 'strong sell'. Explore the tool here.

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