Windstream Holdings (WIN) Surges on Heavy Volume

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Windstream Holdings (WIN) is climbing on heavier-than-normal volume Tuesday.

By early afternoon, shares have gained 6.9% to $8.81. Trading volume of 15.4 million exceeded its three-month daily average of 8.7 million.

In a press release earlier, the network communications company announced the release of its new channel pricing tool, an offering which allows Windstream customers to easily quote products and services.

"This pricing tool was designed to eliminate unnecessary review steps, increase efficiencies and accelerate the quoting process -- all with the ultimate goal of delivering the Windstream 'smart solutions, personalized service' brand promise to our channel partners and their clients," said SVP and enterprise chief marketing officer Matt Preschern said in the statement.

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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 compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

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