1. As of noon trading, CenturyLink ( CTL) is down $1.21 (-3.2%) to $36.68 on heavy volume Thus far, 10.7 million shares of CenturyLink exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.34-$37.73 after having opened the day at $37.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.89.

CenturyLink, Inc. operates as an integrated telecommunications company in the United States. CenturyLink has a market cap of $23.0 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates CenturyLink as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full CenturyLink Ratings Report now.

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