In their report dated 10/19/13...at my Broker's, S&P rates win a strong buy...5.
We view the shares as compelling and see
WIN's $1 annual dividend as secure, despite
concerns that have arisen following dividend
cuts by several peers over the past few years.
We believe management is keenly focused on
structuring the business to support the divi-
dend. We expect its free cash flow payout to
decline to 66% in 2013, from 77% in 2012, and
think WIN has ample liquidity to support the
dividend, invest for growth, and moderately re-
duce debt leverage. We think its access line
base has been more stable than peers, and
business demand remains strong.
You are correct. There is lot more going on behind these analyst recommendations. At the end of the day do your own research. If numbers make sense to you then invest (regardless of the fact if you are right or wrong). Believe in your own research. One very good thing will happen out of this. You will learn :).
I use IO S&P as my primary screen point. I really appreciate their financial tables and summaries. That being said WIN has been a 5 star since 08/05/11. At that time the 12 month target was $14.00 and WIN closed that day at $11.60 a share. Currently, S&P still has a 5 star rating. However, the stock is trading around $8.50 with a target of 9. Obviously, S&P missed their 8/05/11 target by a wide margin and the stock is down 27% since the initial 5 star rating was given to WIN. Obviously, S&P's first recommendation was faulty. Why do you thing the current recommendation has merit? I'm long in WIN at this point but I bring up this point to illustrate the dangers of relying on any anaylst's recommendation. Make sure you value the stock using your own methods and plan out the scenario which will increase the value of the company. As long as reality backs your scenario, keep invested. When the scenario starts to deviate from reality in a negative manner, reconsider your investment..
Windstream Holdings is listed in the most recent (4 November, 2013) S&P The Outlook in the Total Return Portfolio, which is "focussed on maximizing long-term total return." Here is the entry, on page ten.
The S&P obviously remains keen on this stock, despite the lack of predicted results so far. A bit of a scary time to buy anything, with the markets outperforming the economy and the mounting doomsday predictions. Nonetheless, long is long, so if your intention is to hold this stock for years, then perhaps now is a good entry point.