Analyst Ratings for U.S. Cellular Corp. (USM)

Updated: 2017-07-26

Shares of U.S. Cellular Corp. (NYSE:USM) have received a consensus rating of Hold from Wall Street analysts. A consensus rating of Overweight was previously issued for USM last month.

2 analysts declared USM a buy, 0 issued an overweight rating, 7 gave a hold rating, 0 gave an underweight rating, and 0 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. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has increased by 0.

USM was given price targets by several analysts. The highest price target was 47, which equates to a potential upside of 23.36 percent. The minimum price target given was 39, which equates to a potential downside of 2.36 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 -4.17 percent. That number becomes 42.08 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised downwards by -3.26 percent, compared to last month. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 865 percent.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. 0 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 1 analysts revised their estimates downwards. Over the same time period, 0 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, compared to 1 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

The growth rate of USM's earnings is estimated by analysts to be -48.71 percent. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at the PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. The PEG ratio of USM is -1.04.

In the last 52-weeks, USM has achieved a high of 46.01 and a low of 33.30. Today's price is 14.41 percent above the 52-week low, and 17.19 percent below the high. USM has a price/earnings ratio of 50.64. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The USM value stock report compares USM to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.29 billion. USM's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.