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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 14724.74. Since its IPO date on the 11/5/1987, CenturyLink, Inc., CTL performance year to date is 16.77%. Today CenturyLink, Inc., CTL has gained 2.93%, with a current price of 27.76.

Ownership of the company is 0.40% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 75.00%. 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 12.96%. The 52-week high is -12.36%, and the 52-week low is 33.90%. The average volume for CenturyLink, Inc., CTL is 13484800.

With a target price of 30.17, can CenturyLink, Inc., CTL reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of CenturyLink, Inc., CTL. CenturyLink, Inc. has a P/E of 15.49 and a forward P/E of 11.69. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 258.18. CenturyLink, Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 0.83 and 1.07 respectively. For P/cash, CenturyLink, Inc. has a value of 77.09, while it is 6.11 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 27.76, CenturyLink, Inc. has a dividend yield of 7.78%. 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 -6.02% 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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