Near term Outlook For CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL)


CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) closed its last session at $17.58. The stock traded within a range of $17.01 and $17.83. The company operates in the Communication Services sector with a market capitalization of 19.05 Million. Trading volume for CenturyLink, Inc. was 18.23 Million in its previous trading session. Currently, CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) has an average volume of 14.78 Million.

Company Profile

CenturyLink, Inc. is a telecommunications company that provides broadband, voice and wireless services to consumers and businesses in the United States. It also offers entertainment services under the CenturyLink, Prism TV and DIRECTV brands. In addition, the company provides data, voice and managed services to business, government and wholesale customers in local, national and select international markets through its fiber optic network and multiple data centers. CenturyLink, Inc., formerly known as CenturyTel, Inc., is headquartered in Monroe, Louisiana.

Analyst Views

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) received a Buy rating from 4 analysts. 1 analysts gave its stock an Outperform rating. 1 analysts say it’s a Hold while 0 analysts provided their expert opinion as Sell.

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) touched its 1-Year High price of $27.61 on 06/15/17 and its 1-Year Low price of $13.16 on 11/28/17.

EPS & Financials

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) reported its EPS in the last quarter as $0.18/Share lagging the analyst estimate of $0.3/Share by a difference of $-0.12. This showed a surprise of -40% in the last quarter earnings.

For the current quarter, 11 analysts are projecting a mean EPS of $0.31/share. According to their observations and findings, the stock could provide a high EPS of $0.4/share and a low EPS of $0.11/share.

Analysts believe that the company has the potential to earn average revenue of $6.02 Billion for the current quarter. According to their predictions high & low revenue estimates are 6.29 Billion and 5.91 Billion respectively.

Technical Analysis

By taking a look at the stock’s current statistics it can gauged that the stock candle is BULLISH with HIGH volatility. CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) has a 20-Day average volume of 12.04 Million. According to today’s trading volume CenturyLink, Inc. is ABOVE its 20-Day Avg. volume with the stock showing ABOVE Abnormal volume in the past 150 days.

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that the stock is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the company was in BEARISH territory while an analysis of the last 40-Day trend shows a BULLISH signal. The 100-Day trend also shows a BEARISH trend as well.

The company currently has an insider ownership of 0.6 Percent and Institutional ownership of 61.7 Percent. The return on assets stands at 0.6%, Return on Equity currently is 2.4% and the Return on Investment value is 5.9%.

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) gross margin percentage stands at 54.1% while its operating margin for the past trailing twelve month is 11.3 percent and its overall profit margin (ttm) is 1.9 Percent. The stock is currently moving above its 20-Day Simple Moving Average of 1.36% with a 50-Day Simple Moving Average of 4.41 percent. As of today, the company has a SMA200 (200-day simple moving average) of -12.54 Percent. The Stock has YTD (year to date) performance of 5.4 percent.

The TTM operating margin for the company stands at 11.3%. The return on invested capital is at 5.9%, which is good, compared to its peers. The Free Cash Flow or FCF margin is 0.

The company’s stock is currently moving with a -ve distance from the 200 day SMA of approximately -12.54%, and has a solid year to date (YTD) performance of 5.4% which means that the stock is constantly adding to its value from the previous fiscal year end price.