Analyst Ratings for CenturyLink Inc. (CTL)

Updated: 2017-07-27

CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE:CTL) was awarded an average rating of Hold from investment analysts following the stock. About 30 days ago, CTL was issued an average rating of Hold.

18 analysts issued ratings on the stock, where 7 gave CTL a buy rating, 0 issued an overweight rating, 8 gave a hold rating, 0 gave an underweight rating, and 3 gave a sell rating. Compared to three months ago, there has been an increase of 0 in the number of analysts with a positive outlook on the stock. Over the same time period, there has been an increase of 1 in the number of analysts with a negative outlook on the stock.

Several price targets were given for CTL by the analysts covering the stock. The maximum price target given was 42, implying a possible profit of 79.22 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 19, implying a possible loss of -18.92 percent. Note that investment analysts can be biased in their reporting on companies's ratings and price targets.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 2.08 percent. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is -12.47 percent. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised downwards by -0.47 percent, as compared to a month ago. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes -3.87 percent.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. Over the past month, 4 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 0 analysts revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 3 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 3 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of CTL to grow at a rate of 111.23 percent. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. The PEG ratio of CTL is 0.21.

CTL has traded between a high of 33.45 and a low of 22.26 over the past year. Today's price is 5.28 percent above the 52-week low, and below the high by 29.94 percent. CTL has a P/E ratio of 22.94. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The CTL value stock report compares CTL to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $12.55 billion. CTL will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.