SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

September 10, 2010 09:00 ET

Analyst Research on Verizon (NYSE: VZ) & Qwest (NYSE: Q) -- Domestic Telecom Overview

Note to Editors: The Following Is an Investment Opinion Being Issued by The Bedford Report.

TORONTO--(Marketwire - September 10, 2010) -  The Bedford Report's team of analysts is looking at the Domestic Telecom industry and has issued Analyst Reports on Verizon Communications, Inc. (NYSE: VZ) and Qwest Communications International, Inc. (NYSE: Q). Access to the full company reports can be found at

Sales within the domestic telecom industry have risen in recent months largely due to a 25% quarterly increase in sales and demand of new fibre-optics technology. There is concern however that recent growth could be halted as the US Federal Communications Commission is looking at changing the pricing and cost structure of broadband internet service. This legislation could slow or even halt growth in broadband technology. As a result, companies like Verizon and Qwest may be required to look at alternative business strategies to stay profitable.

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One factor that has traditionally lured investors into the telecom industry is the historically high yielding dividends paid by the major industry players. Investors usually count on dividend paying stocks during hectic times in the market, believing in the company's security and real earnings power. If a company has the cash balance to sustain a dividend and in some cases increase it, investors can feel more confident in the quality of those earnings. Presently, Verizon pays an annual dividend of $1.95 per share for yield of about 6.5%. Meanwhile, Qwest pays a dividend of $0.32 per share annually for a yield of around 5.5%.

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