The telecom firm saw solid growth in revenue per customer and iPhone sales, and cost-containment efforts have also paid off, according to Morningstar's Michael Hodel.
Spreads are now tighter than they've been since last August but remain well wide of the levels seen a year ago.
Though pockets of weakness have emerged, we expect well-positioned tech and telecom firms will continue to prosper.
The markets continue to price in a high probability of default as European regulators debate rather than compromise on a solution.
With the market providing seemingly better value today than a couple of months ago, the number of fixed-income opportunities certainly must be getting larger.
Old habits will die hard as new services battle traditional television models.
Markets struggle to interpret a bevy of recently released economic data.
Even despite a recent jump in equity prices, some dividend yields make equities a superior option to corresponding bonds today.
Cable firms posted solid results in the second half of 2009, and we expect more to come.
We believe firms in the cable industry are well positioned, but it pays to be choosy.
Media and telecom offer some pockets of stability, but few signs of an economic rebound.
The weak are starting to fall by the wayside in media and telecom.
Although cash flow is strong today, technological and regulatory change threaten the future.
Telecom offers relative stability, but old media is in big trouble.
Stability looks attractively priced in telecom; old media is still fading.
Auction process will make this firm's shares widely available.
Several interesting firms have gone public recently, but valuation is an issue.
There's still value among the big boys of the U.S. wireless industry.
The IPO market in 2006 wasn't hot, which we think created good buying opportunities.
Most companies are standing by decent profit or growth forecasts.
Capacity sales keep growth humming as the focus shifts to corporations.
The hits just keep on coming.
Continued weakness in long-distance business hurts performance.
This giant's resources are formidable, but the future is uncertain.
Weakening consumer business, pending breakup destroying value.
The firm is building a strong track record, but will remain volatile.
Revenue from data products is impressive, and still growing quickly.
Wait for signs of improved growth before investing.
Cash flow is strong, but the wireless and data businesses face hurdles.
Slower growth and lower earnings next quarter further hamper the company.
Market reaction brings the stock more in line with its peers.
The news is nothing to cheer about, but the Bell's position remains strong.
Slowing growth leads to financial engineering, but the stock is cheap.
Data and wireless growth leads the way.
Stock is attractive, but caution is warranted until after upcoming analysts' meeting.
AT&T Wireless is a compelling spin-off, but other businesses less so.
Data, wireless, and long-distance units turn in strong performance.
It's not glamorous, but it's a solid investment choice.
Expansion continues unabated, but volatility is likely to remain.
Troubled customers land the firm in unpleasant territory.
New option plan looks to make the most of a tough situation.
New CEO's 25 years of telecom experience should serve company well.
Messy tracking stock structure avoided in favor of a stake in a powerful ally.
Lowered projections drop stock, putting its valuable assets on sale.
Short-sighted concerns pound shares despite another strong quarter.
Cost-cutting successful, but continued growth depends on new services.
Another quarter of fabulous growth, but valuations remain high.
Uncertain future will require patience from investors.
The Bell's growth won't blow anyone's socks off, but it is doing well.