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S&P Capital IQ Picks Windstream Focus Stock Of The Week





NEW YORK, July 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Windstream (NASDAQ: WIN: $8) has been picked by S&P Capital IQ as its Focus Stock of the Week.  WIN carries S&P Capital IQ's highest investment recommendation of 5-STARS, or Strong Buy. 

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"Over the past several years, Windstream has made investments into the growth area of its business that we believe position the company well to stabilize revenue, grow cash flow, and most importantly, return a substantial amount of cash to its shareholders,"  said Rob Dezego, equity analyst at S&P Capital IQ. 

"Our positive investment outlook for Windstream is largely focused on its dividend, which offers the highest yield in the S&P 500 at 12%.  Fears of dividend cuts have led to waning investor sentiment for Windstream in recent quarters.  However, management has consistently reiterated its commitment to the $1 per share annual dividend and recent quarterly results and company guidance suggest, in our view, that the current dividend is sustainable," said Dezego.

To view a video of Mr. Dezego discussing WIN click on the following link.    http://bit.ly/160dywD 

About S&P Capital IQ

S&P Capital IQ, a part of  McGraw Hill Financial (NYSE:MHFI), is a leading provider of multi-asset class and real time data, research and analytics to institutional investors, investment and commercial banks, investment advisors and wealth managers, corporations and universities around the world. Evaluated pricing is prepared by Standard & Poor's Securities Evaluations, Inc., a part of S&P Capital IQ and a registered investment adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. S&P Capital IQ provides a broad suite of capabilities designed to help track performance, generate alpha, identify new trading and investment ideas, and perform risk analysis and mitigation strategies. Through leading desktop solutions such as Capital IQ, Global Credit Portal and MarketScope Advisor desktops; enterprise solutions such as S&P Valuations; and research offerings, including Leveraged Commentary & Data, Global Markets Intelligence, and company and fund research, S&P Capital IQ sharpens financial intelligence into the wisdom today's investors need.  For more information, visit www.spcapitaliq.com.

For more information contact:

Marc Eiger, Communications, Tel.: 212-438-1280  marc.eiger@spcapitaliq.com

All information provided by S&P Capital IQ is impersonal and not tailored to the needs of any person, entity or group of persons.  Past performance is no indication of future results. S&P Capital IQ and its affiliates provide a wide range of services to, or relating to, many organizations, including issuers of securities, investment advisers, broker-dealers, investment banks, other financial institutions and financial intermediaries, and accordingly may receive fees or other economic benefits from those organizations, including organizations whose securities or services they may recommend, rate, include in model portfolios, evaluate or otherwise address.

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