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CenturyLink, Inc. (CTL)

(Delayed Data from NYSE)

$17.31 USD


-0.03 (-0.17%)

Updated Jan 19, 2018 04:01 PM ET

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Company Summary

CenturyLink, Inc. is a telecommunications company that provides broadband, voice and wireless services to consumers and businesses in the United States. It also offers entertainment services under the CenturyLink, Prism TV and DIRECTV brands. In addition, the company provides data, voice and managed services to business, government and wholesale customers in local, national and select international markets through its fiber optic network and multiple data centers. CenturyLink, Inc., formerly known as CenturyTel, Inc., is headquartered in Monroe, Louisiana.

General Information

CenturyLink, Inc.

100 CenturyLink Drive

Monroe, LA 71203

Phone: 318-388-9000

Fax: 318-388-9562



Industry Wireless National
Sector Computer and Technology
Fiscal Year End December
Last Reported Quarter 12/31/2017
Next EPS Date 2/14/2018

EPS Information

Current Quarter EPS Consensus Estimate 0.22
Current Year EPS Consensus Estimate 1.56
Estimated Long-Term EPS Growth Rate -2.00
Next EPS Report Date 2/14/2018

Price and Volume Information

Zacks Rank Premium
Yesterday's Close 17.34
52 Week High 27.61
52 Week Low 13.16
Beta 0.79
20 Day Moving Average 9,603,593.00
Target Price Consensus 20.05


% Price Change
4 Week -0.92
12 Week -6.48
YTD 3.96
% Price Change Relative to S&P 500
4 Week -5.35
12 Week -14.80
YTD -0.67
Share Information
Shares Outstanding (millions) 1,069.00
Market Capitalization (millions) 18,504.44
Short Ratio NA
Last Split Date 4/1/1999
Dividend Information
Dividend Yield 12.48%
Annual Dividend $2.16
Payout Ratio 1.11
Change in Payout Ratio 0.26
Last Dividend Payout / Amount 11/24/2017 / $0.54

Fundamental Ratios

P/E (F1) 15.46
Trailing 12 Months 8.92
PEG Ratio -7.73
EPS Growth
vs. Previous Year -25.00%
vs. Previous Quarter -8.70%
Sales Growth
vs. Previous Year -7.94%
vs. Previous Quarter -1.37%
Price Ratios
Price/Book 0.73
Price/Cash Flow 1.80
Price / Sales 1.11
12/31/17 NA
9/30/17 7.99
6/30/17 8.43
12/31/17 NA
9/30/17 2.16
6/30/17 2.36
Current Ratio
12/31/17 NA
9/30/17 0.82
6/30/17 0.90
Quick Ratio
12/31/17 NA
9/30/17 0.82
6/30/17 0.90
Operating Margin
12/31/17 NA
9/30/17 6.34
6/30/17 6.66
Net Margin
12/31/17 NA
9/30/17 1.89
6/30/17 2.20
Pre-Tax Margin
12/31/17 NA
9/30/17 3.37
6/30/17 3.95
Book Value
12/31/17 NA
9/30/17 23.58
6/30/17 23.80
Inventory Turnover
12/31/17 NA
9/30/17 NA
6/30/17 NA
12/31/17 NA
9/30/17 1.92
6/30/17 1.90
Debt to Capital
12/31/17 NA
9/30/17 65.73
6/30/17 65.53