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CenturyLink Target of Unusually High Options Trading (NYSE:CTL)

The percentage of shares being held by the company management was 0.3% while institutional stake was 78.4%.

CenturyLink, Inc is an integrated communications company. Gwm Advisors LLC owns 5,721 shares with a value of $134,266,000. Bandera Limited Liability Com reported 2.65% of its portfolio in Famous Dave's of America, Inc. The technology company reported $0.46 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts' consensus estimates of $0.49 by $0.03. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company's stock. Therefore 60% are positive. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 179,075 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,297,800. The company was maintained on Monday, November 2 by Needham. Jefferies Group LLC dropped their price objective on shares of CenturyLink from $26.00 to $23.00 and set a hold rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, May 4th. As per Monday, August 7, the company rating was maintained by Susquehanna. Citigroup has "Neutral" rating and $32 target. The rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank on Friday, October 28 with "Hold". "The rating was upgraded by UBS on Wednesday, September 30 to ". The firm earned "Hold" rating on Tuesday, June 20 by KeyBanc Capital Markets. Bokf Na owns 0.13% invested in Centurylink Inc (NYSE:CTL) for 162,929 shares. The company has a market cap of $11.34 billion, a PE ratio of 29.90 and a beta of 0.87. The Company operates through two segments: Business, which includes provision of strategic, legacy and data integration products and services to small, medium and enterprise business, wholesale and governmental customers, including other communication providers, and Consumer, which includes provision of strategic and legacy products and services to residential customers.

CenturyLink, Inc. has a consensus hold rating from 17 Wall Street analysts, and the number of shares now sold short amount to at least 20.99% of shares outstanding. Their average price target spell out an upbeat performance - a 40% and would give CTL a market capitalization of almost $14.38B. Therefore 27% are positive. With that said, researchers took a deep dive into the hotly debated question: is it too early to buy CenturyLink, Inc. Shares saw a steep increase in trading volume of 141.21% over the normal average daily volume. The firm has "Hold" rating given on Tuesday, December 13 by SunTrust. The firm has "Market Perform" rating by Wells Fargo given on Tuesday, May 3. The stock of GNC Holdings Inc (NYSE:GNC) has "Neutral" rating given on Monday, November 2 by JP Morgan.

Adell Harriman & Carpenter Inc decreased its stake in Centurylink Inc (CTL) by 19.46% based on its latest 2016Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. The ex-dividend date was set for Thursday the 31st of August 2017. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Friday, May 26 with "Hold". The rating was downgraded by Raymond James on Friday, October 28 to "Mkt Perform".

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.08 in Q4 2016. Analysts expect next quarter's EPS will be $0.50 and the next full year EPS is anticipated to be $1.86. 81 funds opened positions while 195 raised stakes. It turned negative, as 46 investors sold GNC shares while 59 reduced holdings. Natl Pension reported 0.07% in Centurylink Inc (NYSE:CTL). The Arkansas-based Stephens Ar has invested 0.06% in Centurylink Inc (NYSE:CTL). Eaton Vance Management raised its position in CenturyLink by 0.5% in the 2nd quarter. 1,789 are held by Kistler. Park West Asset Management Limited Liability Com accumulated 0.92% or 500,000 shares. Moreover, Hillman Co has 4.88% invested in the company for 575,950 shares. Blackrock Institutional Tru Na holds 0.05% or 15.03 million shares. The company's quarterly EPS surprised Wall Street by as much as -6% to the downside in its last earnings announcement, so investors should note this tendency when assessing consensus estimates. It does not measure the risk of an investment held on a stand-alone basis, but the amount of risk the investment adds to an already-diversified portfolio.

Mirador Capital Partners LP increased its stake in CenturyLink, Inc. Kcg has 14,066 shares for 0% of their portfolio. (NYSE:CTL) during the third quarter, Holdings Channel reports. Capital World Investors bought a new position in shares of CenturyLink in the 2nd quarter valued at about $142,086,000. Shell Asset Management Co owns 100,041 shares or 0.06% of their USA portfolio.

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