CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL)

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.

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL)’s Financial Overview

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) declined -1.75% yesterday to close its trading session at $24.21. The company has 1 year Price Target of $28.27. CenturyLink, Inc. has 52-Week high of $33.45 and 52-Week Low of $21.94. The stock touched its 52-Week High on Oct 27, 2016 and 52-Week Low on Jan 20, 2016. The stock traded with the volume of 8.31 Million shares yesterday. The firm shows the market capitalization of $13.24 Billion.

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) reported its last quarterly earnings on Sep 16 where the firm reported its Actual EPS of $0.56/share against the analyst consensus estimate of $0.55/share. The difference between the actual and expected EPS is $0.01 a share with a surprise factor of 1.8%.

The firm is trading with SMA20 of 1.01 Percent, SMA50 of -6.5 Percent and SMA200 of -12.43 percent. CenturyLink, Inc. has P/S value of 0.75 while its P/B value stands at 0.94. Similarly, the company has Return on Assets of 2 percent, Return on Equity of 6.6 percent and Return on Investment of 6.3 Percent. The company shows Gross Margin and Operating Margin of 56.1 percent and 15.2 percent respectively.

Many brokerage firms are involved in issuing their ratings on CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL). On 8-Nov-16 Oppenheimer Upgrade CenturyLink, Inc. Stock  to Outperform. Another firm also rated the stock on 28-Oct-16 where Raymond James Downgrade the stock to Mkt Perform.

The Stock currently has Analyst’ mean Recommendation of 2.9 where the scale is from 1 to 5, 1 means Strong Buy and 5 means Sell.

The 12 analysts offering 12-month price forecasts for CenturyLink have a median target of 28.50, with a high estimate of 42.00 and a low estimate of 20.00. The median estimate represents a +17.72% increase from the last price of 24.21.

Our vendor, Zacks Investment Research, hasn’t provided us with the upcoming earnings report date.

The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR)

Kroger Company is one of the larger grocery retailers in the United States.  The company also manufactures and processes food for sale by its supermarkets. The company intends to develop new food and convenience store locations and will continue to assess existing stores as to possible replacement, remodeling, enlarging, or closing.

The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR)’s Financial Outlook

The 23 analysts offering 12-month price forecasts for Kroger Co have a median target of 37.00, with a high estimate of 44.00 and a low estimate of 26.00. The median estimate represents a +11.78% increase from the last price of 33.10.

Kroger Company (The) is expected* to report earnings on  12/01/2016 before market open.  The report will be for the fiscal Quarter ending Oct 2016.  According to Zacks Investment Research, based on  11 analysts’  forecasts, the consensus EPS forecast for the quarter is $0.42.  The reported EPS for the same quarter last year was $0.43.

According to Zacks Investment Research, The Kroger Co. has a Consensus Recommendation of 2.08. (The Scale is from 1-5 where 1 means Strong Buy and 5 means Strong Sell).

The Stock fell -1.66% and closed its last trading session at $33.1. The company has the market capitalization of $31.25 Billion. The stock has 52-week high of $42.75 and 52-Week low of $28.71. The firm touched its 52-Week high on Dec 30, 2015 and 52-Week low on Oct 6, 2016. The company has volume of 8.26 Million shares. The company has a total of 944.17 Million shares outstanding.

The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) in the last quarter reported its actual EPS of $0.47/share where the analyst estimated EPS was $0.45/share. The difference between the actual and Estimated EPS is $0.02. This shows a surprise factor of 4.4 percent.

The company has YTD performance of -19.81 percent. Beta for The Kroger Co. stands at 0.76 while its ATR (average true range) is 0.76. The company has Weekly Volatility of 1.58%% and Monthly Volatility of 2.75%%.

The Kroger Co. has distance from 20-day Simple Moving Average (SMA20) of 1.19%, Distance from 50-Day Simple Moving Average of 5.99 percent and Distance from 200-Day Simple Moving Average of -3.71%.

The Company currently has ROA (Return on Assets) of 6.1 percent, Return on Equity (ROE) of 31.4 Percent and Return on Investment (ROI) of 13.4% with Gross margin of 22.6 percent and Operating & Profit margin of 3.2% and 1.8% respectively.