Can Verizon Continue to Outperform?

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With shares of Verizon (NYSE:VZ) trading around $48, is VZ an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:

T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement

Verizon is a provider of communications, information, and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies. It operates in two primary segments: Verizon Wireless and Wireline. Verizon Wireless’ communications products and services include wireless voice, data services, and equipment sales, which are provided to consumer, business, and government customers across the United States. Wireline’s communications products and services include voice, Internet access, broadband video and data, Internet protocol network services, network access, long distance, and other services.

Verizon is on the winning end of an argument about Net Neutrality. A U.S. appeals court has overturned certain aspects of the so-called Net Neutrality laws, which effectively required Internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally without regard to the source. The court ruled that the FCC does not have the right to force providers to force carriers to be neutral. Net Neutrality went into place in 2010. It may not directly impact what is called Deep Packet Inspection purchases, but now it seems as though it will bring more stability to packet providers.

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