CenturyLink Inc

CTL-N

NYSE:CTL

9.75
0.06 (0.56%)
CenturyLink, Inc. is an American telecommunications company, headquartered in Monroe, Louisiana, that provides communications and data services to residential, business, governmental, and wholesale customers in 37 states.
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DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
September 25, 2019

He has not looked at this US regional telco for a while (CTL-N). The issue for them is they do not have wireless infrastructure. This is a hindrance. Hopefully they will figure it out. A better play is T-N.

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September 25, 2019

He has not looked at this US regional telco for a while (CTL-N). The issue for them is they do not have wireless infrastructure. This is a hindrance. Hopefully they will figure it out. A better play is T-N.

DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
April 11, 2018

In the telecom space the biggest risk is in interest rates. It is conceivable that we see inflation getting closer to 3%, so rate increases are likely. No matter the fundamentals, this sector will be hit. There could be bounce up on this stock, but there is a lot of risk.

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April 11, 2018

In the telecom space the biggest risk is in interest rates. It is conceivable that we see inflation getting closer to 3%, so rate increases are likely. No matter the fundamentals, this sector will be hit. There could be bounce up on this stock, but there is a lot of risk.

HOLD
HOLD
October 24, 2017

He likes the dividend on this. It is merging with Level 3 Communications (LVLT-N). The combined entity is going to have a tremendous amount of free cash flow. Level 3 has billions of dollars of net operating losses, so are not going to pay taxes for a very long time, which is going to really support the dividend for a long time. Until the deal closes, the fundamentals of the business they are in is deteriorating. This is selling off in unison with others that are under siege in the telecom industry. What they need is for the deal to close and for management to show investors what that combined entity and what the cash flow is going to be once they are together. He would suggest owners stay patient. Dividend yield of 11.5% will be sustainable under the new entity.

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CenturyLink Inc (CTL-N)
October 24, 2017

He likes the dividend on this. It is merging with Level 3 Communications (LVLT-N). The combined entity is going to have a tremendous amount of free cash flow. Level 3 has billions of dollars of net operating losses, so are not going to pay taxes for a very long time, which is going to really support the dividend for a long time. Until the deal closes, the fundamentals of the business they are in is deteriorating. This is selling off in unison with others that are under siege in the telecom industry. What they need is for the deal to close and for management to show investors what that combined entity and what the cash flow is going to be once they are together. He would suggest owners stay patient. Dividend yield of 11.5% will be sustainable under the new entity.

COMMENT
COMMENT
May 18, 2017

Very similar to utilities in that they earn a very low rate of return. It pays a fairly high dividend. Numbers wise, this looks really good, but thinks that they need to cut down their debt a little.

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Very similar to utilities in that they earn a very low rate of return. It pays a fairly high dividend. Numbers wise, this looks really good, but thinks that they need to cut down their debt a little.

BUY
BUY
February 9, 2017

He likes it a lot. They acquired Level 3 and $10 Billion in operating losses so they will not pay taxes for a long time. The 8% dividend yield is paid, but freed up the cash flow. The wire line business is going away.

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CenturyLink Inc (CTL-N)
February 9, 2017

He likes it a lot. They acquired Level 3 and $10 Billion in operating losses so they will not pay taxes for a long time. The 8% dividend yield is paid, but freed up the cash flow. The wire line business is going away.

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COMMENT
November 29, 2016

This and Level 3 Communications (LVLT-N) made a huge strategic acquisition several weeks ago. Both companies were regional wire line telecom providers, trying to convert into Cloud hosting businesses. They realized that if they didn’t come together, they were going to die a slow death separately, so merged to form a bigger unit. One thing CenturyLink is obtaining in the Level 3 transaction is $10 billion in net operating losses. That means CenturyLink is going to have a very, very low tax bill for a long time. Because they are going to be saving money on taxes, they are going to use that to sustain the dividend. Don’t expect any dividend growth, although you are getting a big yield.

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CenturyLink Inc (CTL-N)
November 29, 2016

This and Level 3 Communications (LVLT-N) made a huge strategic acquisition several weeks ago. Both companies were regional wire line telecom providers, trying to convert into Cloud hosting businesses. They realized that if they didn’t come together, they were going to die a slow death separately, so merged to form a bigger unit. One thing CenturyLink is obtaining in the Level 3 transaction is $10 billion in net operating losses. That means CenturyLink is going to have a very, very low tax bill for a long time. Because they are going to be saving money on taxes, they are going to use that to sustain the dividend. Don’t expect any dividend growth, although you are getting a big yield.

DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
September 1, 2016

They are 18 billion dollars in debt and they cut their dividend in 2014. It has been stable ever since. The market is telling you it is at risk. He prefers T-N (AT&T).

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CenturyLink Inc (CTL-N)
September 1, 2016

They are 18 billion dollars in debt and they cut their dividend in 2014. It has been stable ever since. The market is telling you it is at risk. He prefers T-N (AT&T).

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COMMENT
August 31, 2016

A company in transition. It went from being very focused and very established in land lines, and is slowly trying to change into more towers and global networks. There is probably another year of this transition. You buy this because of the dividend yield of 7.5%. There is not a ton of volatility because they have had a pretty consistent execution plan, where the landline is decreasing and the mobile is increasing. Don’t expect the price to appreciate, just be happy with the dividend.

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CenturyLink Inc (CTL-N)
August 31, 2016

A company in transition. It went from being very focused and very established in land lines, and is slowly trying to change into more towers and global networks. There is probably another year of this transition. You buy this because of the dividend yield of 7.5%. There is not a ton of volatility because they have had a pretty consistent execution plan, where the landline is decreasing and the mobile is increasing. Don’t expect the price to appreciate, just be happy with the dividend.

PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
November 22, 2012

(Top Pick Oct 07/11, Up 26.34%)

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November 22, 2012

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TOP PICK
TOP PICK
July 9, 2012
3rd largest telephone company and largest rural exchange provider in the US. A yield based wire line stock that is an equity bond. Return function based on the free cash flow payout and it pays out 50% of its earnings. 7.7% yield.
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3rd largest telephone company and largest rural exchange provider in the US. A yield based wire line stock that is an equity bond. Return function based on the free cash flow payout and it pays out 50% of its earnings. 7.7% yield.
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
November 21, 2011
7.8% dividend. When evaluating a stock and a dividend yield, look for underlying roots were the underlying yield comes from. This company has 4 active segments of voice, data, access and other. Would be a little concerned with their 300% operating income payout ratio. Something like 300%. Would prefer a safer bet such as AT&T (T-N) with a 40% payout ratio.
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CenturyLink Inc (CTL-N)
November 21, 2011
7.8% dividend. When evaluating a stock and a dividend yield, look for underlying roots were the underlying yield comes from. This company has 4 active segments of voice, data, access and other. Would be a little concerned with their 300% operating income payout ratio. Something like 300%. Would prefer a safer bet such as AT&T (T-N) with a 40% payout ratio.
TOP PICK
TOP PICK
October 7, 2011
3rd largest telecom provider in US. Fixed line, broad band and data storage. Made 3 big acquisitions over the last 2 years. Great cash flow generator. 9% dividend.
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CenturyLink Inc (CTL-N)
October 7, 2011
3rd largest telecom provider in US. Fixed line, broad band and data storage. Made 3 big acquisitions over the last 2 years. Great cash flow generator. 9% dividend.
BUY
BUY
August 16, 2011
Rural telecom company. Acquired assets that allowed it to get into the urban areas and data storage. About 8.5% yield.
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August 16, 2011
Rural telecom company. Acquired assets that allowed it to get into the urban areas and data storage. About 8.5% yield.
TOP PICK
TOP PICK
June 21, 2011
An old line telephone company that came out of the ashes of US West. They had just closed the acquisition of Quest. They should be able to reap merger synergies of several hundred million dollars. Trades at about a 16X free cash flow yield and offers a dividend of 7.25%.
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An old line telephone company that came out of the ashes of US West. They had just closed the acquisition of Quest. They should be able to reap merger synergies of several hundred million dollars. Trades at about a 16X free cash flow yield and offers a dividend of 7.25%.
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CenturyLink Inc(CTL-N) Rating

Ranking : 3 out of 5

Bullish - Buy Signals / Votes : 0

Neutral - Hold Signals / Votes : 0

Bearish - Sell Signals / Votes : 1

Total Signals / Votes : 1

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CenturyLink Inc(CTL-N) Frequently Asked Questions

What is CenturyLink Inc stock symbol?

CenturyLink Inc is a American stock, trading under the symbol CTL-N on the New York Stock Exchange (CTL). It is usually referred to as NYSE:CTL or CTL-N

Is CenturyLink Inc a buy or a sell?

In the last year, 1 stock analyst published opinions about CTL-N. 0 analysts recommended to BUY the stock. 1 analyst recommended to SELL the stock. The latest stock analyst recommendation is DON'T BUY. Read the latest stock experts' ratings for CenturyLink Inc.

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CenturyLink Inc was recommended as a Top Pick by John Kim on 2019-09-25. Read the latest stock experts ratings for CenturyLink Inc.

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What is CenturyLink Inc stock price?

On 2020-07-09, CenturyLink Inc (CTL-N) stock closed at a price of $9.745.