In the latest trading session, CenturyLink (CTL) closed at $12.89, marking a +0.94% move from the previous day. This move outpaced the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.41%. At the same time, the Dow added 0.57%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 0.7%.
Coming into today, shares of the communications company had gained 1.83% in the past month. In that same time, the Computer and Technology sector gained 2.38%, while the S&P 500 gained 2.04%.
Wall Street will be looking for positivity from CTL as it approaches its next earnings report date. This is expected to be November 6, 2019. The company is expected to report EPS of $0.32, up 6.67% from the prior-year quarter. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $5.55 billion, down 4.59% from the year-ago period.
Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $1.35 per share and revenue of $22.30 billion. These totals would mark changes of +13.45% and -5.44%, respectively, from last year.
Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for CTL. These recent revisions tend to reflect the evolving nature of short-term business trends. As a result, we can interpret positive estimate revisions as a good sign for the company's business outlook.
Research indicates that these estimate revisions are directly correlated with near-term share price momentum. To benefit from this, we have developed the Zacks Rank, a proprietary model which takes these estimate changes into account and provides an actionable rating system.
The Zacks Rank system, which ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), has an impressive outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks generating an average annual return of +25% since 1988. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.12% lower. CTL is holding a Zacks Rank of #4 (Sell) right now.
In terms of valuation, CTL is currently trading at a Forward P/E ratio of 9.46. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 13.72, which means CTL is trading at a discount to the group.
Also, we should mention that CTL has a PEG ratio of 0.91. This popular metric is similar to the widely-known P/E ratio, with the difference being that the PEG ratio also takes into account the company's expected earnings growth rate. CTL's industry had an average PEG ratio of 2.68 as of yesterday's close.
The Wireless National industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 68, which puts it in the top 27% of all 250+ industries.
The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.
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