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.

CTL was given price targets by several analysts. The maximum price target given was 42, implying a possible profit of 79.22 percent. The lowest price target was 19, implying a possible loss of -18.92 percent. It is crucial to not blindly accept any price targets or stock ratings, because many analysts have it in their best interest to give positive coverage of certain 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. 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. 4 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, while 0 analysts revised their estimates downwards. Over the same time period, 3 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, compared to 3 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

The growth rate of CTL's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 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 that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. CTL has a PEG ratio of 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 market cap of CTL is $12.55 billion. CTL is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.