Shining on Major News: Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT), BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), Discovery Communications (NASDAQ:DISCA), Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ:OVLY)

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) belongs to Technology sector. Its net profit margin is 7.70% and weekly performance is 0.75%. On last trading day company shares ended up $47.00. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) distance from 50-day simple moving average (SMA50) is -2.04%. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) is preparing for a labor strike as its negotiations with the Communications Workers of America appear to be stalling. Verizon’s currently training around 15,000 potential replacements should the company not be able to reach a deal with the CWA, which includes around 38,000 Verizon workers. The last CWA and IBEW strike in 2011 resulted in 45,000 Verizon employees walking off the job.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) shares increased 0.47% in last trading session and ended the day at $73.12. WMT Gross Margin is 24.90% and its return on assets is 9.70%. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) quarterly performance is -8.76%. On 6 July, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit gave Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) a win against shareholders concerned about the company’s sales of assault rifles, ruling that Wal-Mart can refuse to put to a vote a proposal calling for firmer board oversight of gun sales.

On 10 July, BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) shares fell -1.03% and was closed at $7.69. BBRY EPS growth in last 5 year was -16.40%. BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) year to date (YTD) performance is -29.96%. BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) CEO John Chen said there will be no sale of the company until shareholders get “good value.”

Discovery Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) ended the last trading day at $33.38. Company weekly volatility is calculated as 3.17% and price to cash ratio as 43.05. Discovery Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) showed a weekly performance of 0.60%. On June 29, 2015, Discovery Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA), together with the International Olympic Committee issued a press release announcing that Discovery, the parent company of Eurosport, had been awarded the broadcast rights in Europe for the Olympic Games in the 2018 – 2024 period.

Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ:OVLY) shares advanced 0.71% in last trading session and ended the day at $9.95. OVLY return on assets is 1.00%. Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ:OVLY) quarterly performance is 1.22%. On July 7, 2015, the Board of Directors of Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY), declared the payment of a cash dividend of $0.11 per share of common stock to its shareholders of record at the close of business on July 20, 2015. In aggregate, the distribution will amount to approximately $888,000.

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