2. As of noon trading, CenturyLink ( CTL) is up $0.40 (1.2%) to $32.66 on heavy volume Thus far, 20.4 million shares of CenturyLink exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.42-$33.07 after having opened the day at $32.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.27.

CenturyLink, Inc. operates as an integrated telecommunications company in the United States. The company provides local and long-distance, network access, private line, public access, broadband, data, managed hosting, colocation, wireless, and video services to consumers and businesses. CenturyLink has a market cap of $26.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate CenturyLink a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CenturyLink as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full CenturyLink Ratings Report now.

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