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What Are Wall Street Analysts’ Recommendations for Windstream?

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Mar. 4 2016, Updated 8:06 a.m. ET

Windstream’s price performance

In the last part of this series, we looked at dividend yields and the enterprise value to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization multiples of Windstream (WIN) and some of its peers in the US wireline market. In this part, we’ll look at some of Windstream’s market-centric metrics. Let’s start with the company’s price performance. As of February 26, 2016, Windstream’s stock price rose by ~16.6% in the past three-month period.

Meanwhile, for Frontier Communications (FTR) and CenturyLink (CTL), the rise in the price during the past three months was ~9.5% and ~11.5%, respectively, as of February 26, 2016.

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Analysts’ recommendations for Windstream

Now, let’s look at Wall Street analysts’ view on Windstream’s stock. As you can see in the above chart, the biggest proportion of analysts’ recommendations on the telecom company’s stock was “hold” as of February 26, 2016. The “buy” and “sell” recommendations on the telecom company’s stock represented ~25% of the recommendations.

Wall Street analysts’ median target price for Windstream’s stock was $7 as of February 26, 2016. It’s important to note that the telecom company’s closing price was $7.25 on the same date.

Instead of taking direct exposure to the stocks of players in the US wireline industry, you could consider taking diversified exposure to the industry by investing in the Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLK).

XLK held a total of ~10.5% in AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), CenturyLink (CTL), Frontier Communications (FTR), and Level 3 Communications (LVLT) at the end of December 2015.

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