Why Windstream (WIN) Stock Is Down Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Windstream  (WIN) dipped Thursday after the voice and data network communications provider reported first-quarter earnings that came up short of analysts' expectations.

The company reported earnings of 4 cents a share, which missed the Capital IQ Consensus Estimate of 8 cents a share. Revenues declined 2.1% year over year to $1.47 billion, which aligned with the consensus estimate.

Windstream also reaffirmed its full-year 2014 guidance and expects revenue to move -2.5% to 1% to a range of $5.84 billion to $6.05 billion. The Capital IQ Consensus Estimate called for $5.9 billion.

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The stock was down 0.33% to $9.07 at 10:53 a.m.

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Separately, 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 several positive factors, 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, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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