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.

Several price targets were given for USM by the analysts covering the stock. The maximum price target given was 47, which equates to a potential upside of 23.36 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 39, which equates to a potential downside of 2.36 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 downwards by an average 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. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 865 percent in FY estimates.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. 0 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, which can be compared to the 1 analysts that decreased their estimates. Also over the last month, 0 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 1 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

The growth rate of USM's earnings is estimated by analysts to be -48.71 percent. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the 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, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers 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 below the high by 17.19 percent. USM has a P/E 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 is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.