Weak Sales Growth Hurts Verizon (VZ) Rating

VZ stock a hold in latest weekly rating.

By Portfolio Grader


Verizon Communication Inc (NYSE:VZ) is a component of the 46 company Diversified Telecommunication Services GICS industry group, which is part of the 67 company GICS Telecommunication Services sector. The market value of VZ is $195.2 billion which places it in the top decile in its industry group. The current Portfolio Grader ranking for VZ puts it 29 among the 46 companies in this industry group, giving it a lower than average position; in the third quartile of the sector with a ranking of 44 among the 67 companies in the sector, and number 2,720 in the nearly 5,000 company Portfolio Grader universe.

Portfolio Grader currently ranks VZ as a Hold. With proprietary fundamental and quantitative metrics developed by Louis Navellier, this stock analytical tool assesses approximately 5,000 stocks weekly. VZ has maintained this ranking for 2 months.

Portfolio Grader currently ranks the Telecommunication Services sector number 5 among the 12 sectors in its universe putting it in the top half of all the GICS sectors. The Diversified Telecommunication Services industry group is ranked 32 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 ranking for return on equity is strikingly better than its industry group average but its grade for cash flow is below-average. Verizon's fundamental scores give VZ a place in the top quartile of the industry group.

Portfolio Grader uses the Navellier Proprietary Quantitative Score to measure VZ's shares from the viewpoint of risk/reward. This proprietary scoring approach balances 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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