Cowen reiterates the Buy rating on Verizon Communications(VZ:NYE).

STA Research
by: STA Research

Cowen analyst Colby Synesael reiterated the Buy rating on Verizon Communications.

Stocktargetadvisor has a average target of $62 and a consensus Buy rating on the stock.

STA Research’s analysis of the stock is Slightly Bullish with a score of 6.4 out of 10, where 0 is very bearish and 10 very bullish.

 

What to like

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High market capitalization
This is one of the largest entities in its sector and is among the top quartile. Such companies tend to be more stable.
Superior risk adjusted returns
This stock has performed well, on a risk adjusted basis, compared to its sector peers(for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile.
Low volatility
The stock’s annual returns have been stable and consistent compared to its sector peers(for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile. Although stability is good, also keep in mind it can limit returns.
Underpriced compared to earnings
The stock is trading low compared to its peers on a price to earning basis and is in the top quartile. It may be underpriced but do check its financial performance to make sure there is no specific reason.
Superior return on equity
The company management has delivered better return on equity in the most recent 4 quarters then its peers, placing it in the top quartile.
Superior capital utilization
The company management has delivered better return on invested capital in the most recent 4 quarters than its peers, placing it in the top quartile.
Superior return on assets
The company management has delivered better return on assets in the most recent 4 quarters than its peers, placing it in the top quartile.
Positive cash flow
The company had positive total cash flow in the most recent four quarters.
Positive free cash flow
The company had positive total free cash flow in the most recent four quarters.

 

What to not like:

Overpriced compared to book value
The stock is trading high compared to its peers median on a price to book value basis.
Overpriced on cash flow basis
The stock is trading high compared to its peers on a price to cash flow basis.
Highly leveraged
The company is in the bottom half compared to its sector peers on debt to equity and is highly leveraged. However, do check the news and look at its sector and management statements. Sometimes this is high because the company is trying to grow aggressively.
Low Revenue Growth
This stock has shown below median revenue growth in the previous 5 years compared to its sector
Low Dividend Growth
This stock has shown below median dividend growth in the previous 5 years compared to its sector.

 

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