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Is CenturyLink, Inc.(NYSE: CTL), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 11/5/1987. CenturyLink, Inc. is in the Telecom Services – Domestic industry and Technology sector. Average volume for CenturyLink, Inc., is 4828.97, and so far today it has a volume of 1205992. Performance year to date since the 11/5/1987 is 20.21%.

To help you determine whether CenturyLink, Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 16.26 and forward P/E is 12.2. PEG perhaps more useful shows that CenturyLink, Inc. has a value for PEG of 270.93. P/S ratio is 0.91 and the P/B ratio is 1.12. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 84.55 and 6.71 respectively.

At the current price CenturyLink, Inc. is trading at, 28.78 (-1.18% today), CenturyLink, Inc. has a dividend yield of 7.42%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 120.40%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 1.79, and this is looking to grow in the next year to -6.28% after growing 16.70% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 41.80%, and -0.50% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 554.35, and the number of shares float is 542.84. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.50%, and institutional ownership is at 78.00%. The float short is 9.08%, with the short ratio at a value of 10.21. Management has seen a return on assets of 2.00%, and also a return on investment of 6.30%.

The ability for CenturyLink, Inc., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 0.6, and quick ratio is 0.5. Long term debt/equity is 1.3 and total debt/equity is 1.4. In terms of margins, CenturyLink, Inc. has a gross margin of 56.60%, with its operating margin at 15.40%, and CenturyLink, Inc. has a profit margin of 5.50%.

The 52 week high is -10.84%, with 36.22% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is -2.28% and the 200 day simple moving average is 3.11%.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.


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