CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) traded at $10.99 at last check on Tuesday, Sep 15, making an upward move of 1.1% on its previous day’s price.
Looking at the stock we see that its previous close was $10.87 and the beta (5Y monthly) reads 0.98 with the day’s price range being $10.81 – 11.06. The company has a 12-month trailing PE ratio of 9.75. In terms of its 52-week price range, CTL has a high of $15.3 and a low of $8.16. The company’s stock has gained about -0.72% over that past 30 days.
CenturyLink, has a market cap of $11.95 Billion and is expected to release its quarterly earnings report on Nov 04, 2020- Nov 09, 2020. With its Forward Dividend at 1 and a yield of 9.1%, the company’s investors could be anxious for the CTL stock to gain ahead of the earnings release. Estimates by analysts give the company expected earnings per share (EPS) of $0.3, with the EPS growth for the year raised at $1.35 for 2020 and $1.35 for next year. These figures represent 0.02% and at 0% growth in EPS for the two years respectively.
Analysts tracking the company’s growth have also given it a consensus growth in revenue estimated at $5.14 Billion, with a low of $5.08 Billion and a high of $5.24 Billion. The median projection represents growth adding up to -8.3% compared to sales earnings for the corresponding quarter a year ago. According to analyst consensus estimates figures, the company’s yearly revenue forecasts for 2020 are expected to hit $20.65 Billion, or -7.8% down from figures reported last year.
On the other hand, looking at the outlook for the CTL stock, short term indicators assign the stock an average of 50% Buy, while medium term indicators assign it an average of Hold. Long term indicators on average place the stock in the category of Hold.
Based on estimates by 16 analysts where scores have ranged from 1.00 for a strong buy to 5.00 for a strong sell, 7 have rated the CenturyLink, Inc. (CTL) stock as a Hold, while 1 rate it as a Buy. 1 analysts rate it as outperform while 1 of them rated it as underperform, whereas 6 suggests the stock as a Sell. The stock has an overall rating of Underweight and investors could take advantage and scoop up stock of the company.
Looking further, we note that the PEG ratio for the CTL stock currently stands at 6.5, and the current price level is 0.54% off its SMA20 and 5.65% from its 50-day simple moving average. The RSI (14) is pointing at 55.34 while the volatility over the past week is 2.96% and drops to 2.8% over the past one month. The beta value is 0.98, while the average true range (ATR) is currently pointing at 0.34. The average price target for the stock over the next 12 months is $9.69, with the estimates having a low of $7 and a high of $13.8. These price ends are -36.31% and +25.57% off the current price level respectively, although investors could be excited at the prospect of a -9.01% if the CTL share price touches on the median price of $10.
Let’s briefly compare CenturyLink, (CTL) stock to its peers. We find that today’s price change of +1.1% and -14.67% over the past 12 months for CTL competes that of Verizon Communications Inc (VZ), which has seen its stock price rise 0.46% in the latest trading session and is +1.85% over the last one year. Another of its peers AT&T Inc (T) has dropped -0.07% today, but is -21.95% down over the past year, while T-Mobile US (TMUS) is also up 1.1% yet its price remains in the red at -14.67% over the same period. Verizon has a P/E ratio of 13.11 compared to CenturyLink,’s 9.75 and AT&T’s 17.78. In contrast to these companies, both the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial are today at 0.52% and 0.01%, respectively, in early deals.
Coming back to CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL), we note that the average 3-month trading volume was 11.5 Million, while that of the preceding 10-day period stands at 10.75 Million. Current shares outstanding are 1.1 Billion.
According to data from Thomson Reuters, insiders hold 0.79% of the company’s shares while institutions hold 78.27%. The data shows that short shares as of August 30, 2020, stood at 114.88 Million at a short ratio of 8.6. This represents a 10.47% Short interest in Shares outstanding on August 30, 2020. Shares short rose in August from the previous month at 112.3 Million. Investors should be excited about this stock as its upside potential is great, with today’s price pushing the stock -16.81% down in year-to-date price movement.