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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 16299.46. Since its IPO date on the 11/5/1987, CenturyLink, Inc., CTL performance year to date is 24.71%. Today CenturyLink, Inc., CTL has gained 2.86%, with a current price of 30.22.

Ownership of the company is 0.50% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 76.00%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 128.00%. Return of assets are at 1.90%, 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 1.39. While Total debt/equity is 1.43. With a profit margin of 5.20%, this is combined with a gross margin of 56.60%, and operating margin of 14.80%. CenturyLink, Inc. ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 0.8, while the quick ratio is 0.7.

For the last year CenturyLink, Inc., CTL has seen a EPS growth of 16.70%. A performance for the year of 10.67%. The 52-week high is -6.40%, and the 52-week low is 43.01%. The average volume for CenturyLink, Inc., CTL is 5089456.

With a target price of 29.71, can CenturyLink, Inc., CTL reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of CenturyLink, Inc., CTL. CenturyLink, Inc. has a P/E of 17.93 and a forward P/E of 12.36. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 76.97. CenturyLink, Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 0.91 and 1.16 respectively. For P/cash, CenturyLink, Inc. has a value of 37.21, while it is 6.87 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 30.22, CenturyLink, Inc. has a dividend yield of 7.15%. We see a return on equity of 6.50%.

Looking more long-term CenturyLink, Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 0.23%. In the short-term an EPS growth of -5.27% 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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