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 maximum price target given was 47, implying potential capital gains of 23.36 percent. The lowest price target was 39, implying potential capital losses 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. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is 42.08 percent. 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.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 0 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 1 analysts revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 0 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, 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, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. 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. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 14.41 percent, 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 market cap of USM is $3.29 billion. USM's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.