United States Cellular Corp (USM) Earns Media Impact Rating of 0.31

News coverage about United States Cellular Corp (NYSE:USM) has trended positive this week, Alpha One reports. The research group, a division of Accern, rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Alpha One ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. United States Cellular Corp earned a media sentiment score of 0.31 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave news headlines about the Wireless communications provider an impact score of 0 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

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A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of United States Cellular Corp from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 1st. Raymond James Financial, Inc. restated a “market perform” rating on shares of United States Cellular Corp in a research report on Monday, February 27th. FBR & Co initiated coverage on shares of United States Cellular Corp in a research report on Monday, February 27th. They set an “underperform” rating and a $30.00 target price on the stock. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of United States Cellular Corp from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 11th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and four have assigned a hold rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $38.33.

Shares of United States Cellular Corp (NYSE:USM) opened at 38.75 on Friday. United States Cellular Corp has a one year low of $33.30 and a one year high of $46.01. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $38.29 and a 200 day moving average of $39.75. The stock has a market cap of $3.29 billion, a P/E ratio of 50.85 and a beta of 0.84.

United States Cellular Corp (NYSE:USM) last posted its earnings results on Friday, May 5th. The Wireless communications provider reported $0.31 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.11 by $0.20. United States Cellular Corp had a return on equity of 1.42% and a net margin of 1.30%. The business had revenue of $936 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $955.13 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.10 EPS. United States Cellular Corp’s revenue for the quarter was down 3.4% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts predict that United States Cellular Corp will post $0.42 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, SVP Deirdre Drake sold 6,755 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $38.72, for a total transaction of $261,553.60. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Jay Ellison sold 8,447 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $38.85, for a total value of $328,165.95. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 22,236 shares of company stock valued at $854,550. 1.20% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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United States Cellular Corp Company Profile

United States Cellular Corporation (U.S. Cellular) is a provider of wireless telecommunication services. The Company’s wireless operating markets are in the United States. U.S. Cellular provides service to postpaid and prepaid customers from a range of demographic segments. The Company focuses on retail consumers, government and small-to-mid-size business customers in industries, such as construction, retail, professional services and real estate.

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