NEW YORK (
-- Telephone and Data Systems
) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year.
Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides wireless and wireline telecommunications services in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.5, equal to the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 22.6. Telephone and Data Systems has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the
industry. Shares are down 9.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.
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