In afternoon trading on Wednesday, Verizon Communications Inc. VZ shares rose by 0.6%, putting them on course for a seventh consecutive gain and bucking the trend of the overall stock market. Dow Jones Market Data reports that if the stock of the telecommunications company closes higher, it will be the longest streak of gains since a seven-day winning streak ended on May 6, 2021. Since it closed at $34.46 in June, which was its lowest close on August 12, 2011, the stock has risen 8.8%. The stock has recently rallied, but it still remains the highest yielding component of Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA as the annual dividend…