How Verizon Influences the Dow

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which senior technology analyst Eric Bleeker and consumer-goods editor and analyst Austin Smith discuss topics around the investing world.

In today's edition, Eric takes a deeper look at Verizon's influence on the Dow. While the company is about 3.6% of the Dow's total market cap, it's only 2.4% of the Dow's weighting. As Eric notes, that Dow weighting is still above larger telecom peer AT&T, and the two contribute to the Dow's dividend yield in an outsized way. For investors looking for more exposure, Eric suggests a few other places to look.

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