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CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 15041.47. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for CenturyLink, Inc. is 27.55 (with a change from open of 0.73%), this in conjunction with a target price of 30.17. Volume today has so far reached 2591800, with an average volume of about 4358.73. The GAP for this stock, is 0.00%.

The P/E ratio is 15.37, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 11.6. The current EPS for CenturyLink, Inc., is 1.79, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 16.70%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 15.88%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for CenturyLink, Inc., EPS is looking like it will grow -6.02% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 0.06%. Quarter over quarter is 41.80% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is -0.50%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been -12.70%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 20.50%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.40% and institutional ownership is 75.10%. Shares outstanding is 545.97, while shares float is at a value of 542.84. Float short for CenturyLink, Inc. is 9.41% and the short ratio is 11.72.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 1.3, while the total debt/equity comes to 1.4. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 0.6, and the quick ratio is 0.5. The most recent gross margin is 56.60% and their operating margin is 15.40%. The profit margin is 5.50%.

CenturyLink, Inc. has seen returns on assets of 2.00%, and on investment, 6.30%. Return on equity is 6.90%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 256.23. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 0.84, with Price/book ratio coming to 1.06 and Price/cash is 78.75, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 6.25.

The simple moving averages are -4.03% and -0.38% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -13.02% and the 52 week low is 32.89%.

CenturyLink, Inc. has a dividend yield of 7.84%, with a current price of 27.55. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 120.40%. This is in an industry, Telecom Services – Domestic, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Technology. CenturyLink, Inc. is based in USA.

Performance in the Telecom Services – Domestic industry means that CenturyLink, Inc. has seen performance for the past week of 2.34%, with performance for the month coming to -2.33%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of -1.30%, and for the half year the performance is 20.37%. Volatility for this week is 1.62% and for the month this is 1.77%.

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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