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.

A number of analysts gave price targets for CTL. The maximum price target given was 42, implying a possible profit of 79.22 percent. The minimum price target given was 19, implying potential capital losses of -18.92 percent. It is advisable to not rely only on price targets or ratings, as these can be biased for some stocks.

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. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised downwards by -0.47 percent, compared to last month. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes -3.87 percent.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their 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 decreased their 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. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, 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, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. The PEG ratio of CTL is 0.21.

CTL has a 52-week high of 33.45 and a 52-week low of 22.26. Today's price is 5.28 percent above the 52-week low, and 29.94 percent below the high. 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 stock has a market capitalization of $12.55 billion. CTL is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.