Media coverage about CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. CenturyLink earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the technology company an impact score of 46.2014275611381 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

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Shares of NYSE CTL traded up $0.31 during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $17.36. The company had a trading volume of 5,574,840 shares, compared to its average volume of 12,199,206. The company has a market cap of $18,241.15, a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.81, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of -10.05 and a beta of 0.79. CenturyLink has a 12 month low of $13.16 and a 12 month high of $27.61. The company has a current ratio of 0.86, a quick ratio of 0.86 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.59.

CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 14th. The technology company reported $0.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.32 by ($0.14). The company had revenue of $5.32 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.69 billion. CenturyLink had a return on equity of 5.88% and a net margin of 7.87%. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.54 EPS. equities analysts forecast that CenturyLink will post 0.85 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of research firms have commented on CTL. Cowen set a $19.00 target price on CenturyLink and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, February 15th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded CenturyLink from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, February 19th. Barclays reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $17.00 target price on shares of CenturyLink in a report on Friday, February 16th. Bank of America set a $27.00 target price on CenturyLink and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 21st. Finally, Guggenheim began coverage on CenturyLink in a report on Tuesday, March 13th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $17.00 target price on the stock. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating, six have assigned a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the stock. CenturyLink presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $21.65.

In related news, major shareholder Holdings (Private) Ltd Temasek purchased 7,620,118 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, April 4th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $16.72 per share, with a total value of $127,408,372.96. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Company insiders own 0.61% of the company’s stock.

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About CenturyLink

CenturyLink, Inc provides various communications services to residential, business, wholesale, and governmental customers primarily in the United States. It operates in two segments, Business and Consumer. The company offers virtual private network data network services; Ethernet services; Internet protocol services; CenturyLink Prism TV that allows customers to watch television or cable channels and record up to four shows on one home digital video recorder; and Vyvx, which provides audio and video feeds over fiber or satellite for broadcast and production customers, as well as satellite digital television services.

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