Windstream The communications company reported on Thursday first-quarter net income of $64.6 million, or 11 cents a share, up from year-earlier net income of $29.4 million, or 6 cents. The company's first-quarter earnings fell short of analysts' expectations, which on average called for a profit of 14 cents a share. Shares of Windstream hit a 52-week low of $9.42. The stock's 52-week high of $13.57 was set on May 20. Windstream's forward P/E is 15.75; the average for fixed-line telecommunications companies is 32.53. For comparison, Virgin Media ( VMED) has a lower forward P/E of 8.76. Thirteen of the 18 analysts who cover Windstream rated it hold. Four analysts gave the stock a buy rating and one rated it sell. The stock has fallen 14.4% year to date.