Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, integrated telecommunications company CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at CenturyLink's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Monroe, La. (1968)|
|Market Cap||$24.9 billion|
|Industry||Integrated telecommunication services|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$18.3 billion|
|Management||CEO Glen Post (since 1993)
CFO R. Stewart Ewing Jr. (since 1989)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||8.1%|
|Cash/Debt||$1.5 billion / $22.9 billion|
Northeast Communications of Wisconsin
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 92% of the 572 members who have rated CenturyLink believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
A few months ago, one of those Fools, allanmsmith, touched on the tailwinds working in CenturyLink's favor: "Third largest US telecom. Savvis acquistion provides entry into fast-growing cloud computing. Integration and economy of scale expected from Embarq and Quest Communications."
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