|Bid||5.370 x 800|
|Ask||5.380 x 3200|
|Day's Range||5.225 - 5.460|
|52 Week Range||4.520 - 14.520|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Earnings Date||Oct 29, 2018 - Nov 2, 2018|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||6.28|
Wall Street analysts’ consensus indicates that CenturyLink’s 12-month target price is $20.76, which implies a potential return of -5% from its closing price of $21.88 on August 13. As of August 13, CenturyLink’s dividend yield was 9.9%. On August 13, CenturyLink had a 14-day RSI (relative strength index) score of 78, which compares to Frontier Communications (FTR) at 46 and Windstream Holdings (WIN) at 64.
As of August 13, AT&T (T) was the largest US telecommunications player by market capitalization at ~$233.9 billion. It was followed by Verizon (VZ) at ~$215.8 billion. In the US wireline space, CenturyLink (CTL) had a market capitalization of ~$23.6 billion, as you can see in the chart below. That metric for Windstream Holdings (WIN) and Frontier Communication (FTR) was ~$0.2 billion and ~$0.5 billion, respectively.
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Frontier Communications (FTR) has been reporting losses for the past two years. Analysts’ target price for Frontier stock is $6.75. On August 1, Frontier stock was trading at $5.12, which is 1.4% above its 20-day moving average of $5.05.
AT&T (T) was the largest US telecom player as of August 1, with a market capitalization of ~$233.7 billion, followed by Verizon (VZ) at ~$213.7 billion. In the US wireline space, Frontier Communications (FTR) had a market capitalization of ~$0.4 billion, and CenturyLink (CTL) and Windstream (WIN) had market caps of ~$20.0 billion and ~$0.1 billion, respectively.
In the second quarter, Frontier Communications’ (FTR) customer losses continued as it shed broadband and video customers. Frontier’s broadband customer count declined by ~0.8% sequentially to 3.9 million at the end of the second quarter. It lost 32,000 broadband subscribers, compared with 100,000 broadband customers in the second quarter of 2017.
In this part, we’ll look at how Frontier Communications (FTR) did in the video space in the second quarter. Frontier’s video customer count, including DISH subscribers, fell ~3.4% sequentially to ~1.1 million at the end of the second quarter. The wireline player lost 40,000 video customers in the quarter, including 8,000 DISH subscribers, mainly due to rapid growth in OTT (over-the-top) video viewing. In comparison, Charter Communications (CHTR) and Comcast (CMCSA) lost 73,000 and 136,000 residential video subscribers in the second quarter, respectively.
Repurchasing shares is one of the ways Charter Communications (CHTR) is returning value to its shareholders. In the second quarter, it repurchased 6.4 million shares worth $1.9 billion. In 2017, it spent $13.2 billion on share buybacks.
Frontier Communications (FTR) has been posting losses per share for the last two quarters. It disappointed investors again in the second quarter of 2018 with a loss per share of $0.80. It released its results on July 31.
CenturyLink in Q2 2018: What Does Wall Street Expect? In the previous part of this series, we assessed the latest Wall Street analyst recommendations for CenturyLink (CTL) stock. Half of the analysts are recommending a “hold.” Now let’s take a look at CenturyLink’s technical indicators and compare them to its rivals in the telecommunications space.
Charter Communications (CHTR) is seeing ongoing growth in its core operating profitability, primarily to reflect strong cost management. Its adjusted EBITDA rose ~5.3% YoY (year-over-year) on a pro forma basis to $4.1 billion in the second quarter.
Charter Communications (CHTR) stock reacted positively to the company’s second-quarter earnings report on July 31, rising ~3.6%. The company again delivered a strong quarter, beating Wall Street’s expectations for both earnings and revenues. Its earnings beat the consensus Wall Street estimate by ~15%, with EPS rising ~121.2% YoY (year-over-year) to $1.15.
As of July 27, 18 analysts from various brokerage firms are actively tracking CenturyLink (CTL) stock. Nine of them (50%) have rated the stock a “hold,” two have rated it a “sell,” and seven have rated it a “buy.”
Payout ratios, a history of hikes, and earnings growth should play starring roles in your research of high-yielding stocks.
The closing price for CenturyLink (CTL) stock on July 27 was $18.37. Based on that, CenturyLink has a market capitalization of $19.8 billion. Its highest price in the last 52 weeks was $23.78, and its lowest price was $13.16.
As of July 27, AT&T (T) was the largest US telecommunications company by market capitalization at ~$227.7 billion, followed by Verizon (VZ) at ~$214.9 billion. In the US wireline space, CenturyLink (CTL) had a market capitalization of ~$19.8 billion, as you can see in the chart below. The metric for Windstream (WIN) and Frontier Communications (FTR) was ~$0.1 billion and ~$0.4 billion, respectively.
In this part of the series, we’ll look at CenturyLink’s (CTL) 2018 business outlook. CenturyLink expects adjusted EBITDA of $8.75 billion–$8.95 billion in 2018 by improved operating metrics and cost-cutting initiatives. It expects adjusted free cash flow to be $3.15 billion–$3.35 billion.
Frontier Communication's (FTR) second-quarter 2018 revenues decline year over year due to tepid performance in its Customer as well as Subsidy and other regulatory segments.
Frontier Communications (FTR) stock fell as much as 9% in the pre-market session. The company reported wider-than-expected losses in its second-quarter results on July 31 after the closing bell. The company reported in-line revenues during the quarter.