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.

Investment analysts gave a few price targets for CTL. The most optimistic price target was 42, implying potential capital gains of 79.22 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 19, implying a possible loss of -18.92 percent. It is advisable to not rely only on price targets or ratings, as these can be biased for some stocks.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates upwards by an average of 2.08 percent. That number becomes -12.47 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed downwards by -0.47 percent. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of -3.87 percent in FY estimates.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. 4 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, which can be compared to the 0 analysts that decreased their estimates. 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.

CTL has an estimated earnings growth rate of 111.23 percent as forecasted by analysts. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at the PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. The PEG ratio of CTL is 0.21.

In the trailing 52-weeks, CTL hit 33.45 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 22.26. Today's price is 5.28 percent above the 52-week low, and below the high by 29.94 percent. CTL has a price/earnings 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 market cap of CTL is $12.55 billion. CTL will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.