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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Windstream Holdings (WIN) - Get Windstream Holdings, Inc. Report shares are down 6.2% to $9.84 on Thursday after the company reported third quarter earnings results that missed analysts' expectations for the period.

The company reported third quarter net income of $8 million, or 3 cents per diluted share on an adjusted basis, 5 cents short of the 8 cents per diluted share it posted during the same period last year and 1 cent short of analysts' 4 cent per share guidance.

The company also missed analysts' revenue estimates for the period, reporting $1.46 billion in revenue for the quarter, short of the $1.5 billion analysts were expecting.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates WINDSTREAM HOLDINGS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate WINDSTREAM HOLDINGS INC (WIN) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

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