July 21, 2012
Verizon (NYSE: VZ ) has long been one of Charly and Jason's favorite dividend-paying stocks, and the current 4.4% yield is quite attractive. Despite a small run-up in the stock this year, it remains quite attractive for investors looking to own a high-quality, wide-moat business. Verizon Wireless is a cash-cow business that continues to acquire new subscribers at a slow and steady pace. Importantly, just 50% of wireless subscribers are using smartphones. Yet that number creeps higher quarter after quarter, allowing Verizon's average revenue per user to climb as well by selling data plans and other services to these users. Don't be fooled by Verizon's low reported earnings: Its free cash flow is robust and makes this telecom a great buy today.
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