Telephone and Data Systems (TDS) Earns Media Impact Score of 0.18

News headlines about Telephone and Data Systems (NYSE:TDS) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Telephone and Data Systems earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the Wireless communications provider an impact score of 46.8799476749802 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

Telephone and Data Systems (NYSE:TDS) opened at $27.32 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.54, a current ratio of 2.42 and a quick ratio of 2.29. Telephone and Data Systems has a 52-week low of $24.57 and a 52-week high of $32.97. The firm has a market capitalization of $3,030.00, a PE ratio of 60.71 and a beta of 0.98.

Telephone and Data Systems (NYSE:TDS) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The Wireless communications provider reported $0.08 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.17 by ($0.09). Telephone and Data Systems had a positive return on equity of 1.08% and a negative net margin of 2.77%. The firm had revenue of $1.25 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.26 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.11 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 4.8% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts anticipate that Telephone and Data Systems will post -1.27 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 28th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 15th will be given a $0.155 dividend. This represents a $0.62 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.27%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 14th. Telephone and Data Systems’s payout ratio is currently -48.82%.

Several brokerages have weighed in on TDS. Zacks Investment Research lowered Telephone and Data Systems from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 15th. Drexel Hamilton raised Telephone and Data Systems from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 9th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $29.00.

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Telephone and Data Systems Company Profile

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc is a diversified telecommunications company. The Company is engaged in conducting its Wireless operations through its subsidiary, United States Cellular Corporation (U.S. Cellular), as well as providing its wireline services, cable services, and hosted and managed services (HMS), through its subsidiary, TDS Telecommunications Corporation (TDS Telecom).

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