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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: CenturyLink, Inc., CTL

CenturyLink, Inc., CTL is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Telecom Services – Domestic in the sector of Technology. Based in USA, CenturyLink, Inc., CTL  has a market cap of 15239.29. Since its IPO date on the 11/5/1987, CenturyLink, Inc., CTL performance year to date is 15.38%. Today CenturyLink, Inc., CTL has gained -0.62%, with a current price of 27.26.

Ownership of the company is 0.40% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 75.20%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 120.40%. Return of assets are at 2.00%, with return on investment at 6.30%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, CenturyLink, Inc., CTL is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 1.3. While Total debt/equity is 1.4. With a profit margin of 5.50%, this is combined with a gross margin of 56.60%, and operating margin of 15.40%. CenturyLink, Inc. ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 0.6, while the quick ratio is 0.5.

For the last year CenturyLink, Inc., CTL has seen a EPS growth of 16.70%. A performance for the year of 11.79%. The 52-week high is -13.94%, and the 52-week low is 31.49%. The average volume for CenturyLink, Inc., CTL is 112596.

With a target price of 29.85, can CenturyLink, Inc., CTL reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of CenturyLink, Inc., CTL. CenturyLink, Inc. has a P/E of 15.31 and a forward P/E of 11.53. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 255.12. CenturyLink, Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 0.85 and 1.06 respectively. For P/cash, CenturyLink, Inc. has a value of 79.79, while it is 6.33 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 27.26, CenturyLink, Inc. has a dividend yield of 7.87%. We see a return on equity of 6.90%.

Looking more long-term CenturyLink, Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 0.06%. In the short-term an EPS growth of -5.93% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of 16.70% for this year and for the last five years a -12.70% growth has been seen.

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