Telecom Stocks to Watch: Telefonica (YSE:TEF), Telecom Italia (NYSE:TI), Vodafone Group (NASDAQ:VOD), Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ), Deutsche Telekom (OTCMKTS:DTEGY)

Here is a selection of telecom stocks to watch on the markets today. In the news, a lot of European leaders in telecoms such as Telefonica in Spain, Telecom Italia in Italy, Vodafone Group Plc in the UK, Deutsche Telekom in Germany, but also Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), in the USA.

Spain’s Telefonica S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:TEF) has made a binding 295-million-euro ($400-million) offer for the 22 percent stake in Spanish pay-TV group Digital+ that is currently owned by former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset conglomerate. Telefonica S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:TEF) stock performance was 2.91% in last session and finished the day at $17.33. Traded volume was 1.57million shares in the last session and the average volume of the stock remained 996.34K shares. The beta of the stock remained 1.48.

Shares of Telecom Italia SpA (ADR) (NYSE:TI) have earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the sixteen ratings firms that are currently covering the company, ARN reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. Telecom Italia SpA (ADR) (NYSE:TI) rose 2.78 percent to $12.93 Wednesday on volume of 83,154.00million shares. The intra-day range of the stock was $12.64 to $12.93. Telecom Italia SpA (ADR) (NYSE:TI) has a market capitalization of $24.93billion.

Vodafone Group PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ:VOD) Wednesday said Non-Executive Director Luc Vandevelde bought 5,000 shares at a price of GBP1.983 per share and now holds 70,100 shares. Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:VOD)’s stock on June 18, 2014 reported a increase of 1.87% to the closing price of $33.78. Its fifty two weeks range is $32.77 -$72.55. The total market capitalization recorded $89.31billion. The overall volume in the last trading session was 8.08million shares. In its share capital, VOD has 2.65billion outstanding shares.

Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ)’s stock had its “outperform” rating reiterated by equities researchers at Macquarie in a research report issued on Wednesday. They currently have a $53.00 target price on the stock. Macquarie’s target price points to a potential upside of 7.70% from the stock’s previous close. On Wednesday, shares of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) advanced 0.43% to close the day at $49.42. Company return on investment (ROI) is 19.80% and its monthly performance is recorded as 0.55%. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) quarterly revenue growth is 7.79%.

German company Deutsche Telekom AG (ADR) (OTCMKTS:DTEGY) has started notifying customers of the iPhone 6 release on September 19 according to Apple has not released any official announcements yet. Deutsche Telekom AG (ADR) (OTCMKTS:DTEGY) stock performance was 1.00% in last session and finished the day at $17.17. Traded volume was 1.03million shares in the last session. The beta of the stock remained 1.03.

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