Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Telephone & Data Systems (TDS) Stock Price

Press coverage about Telephone & Data Systems (NYSE:TDS) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Telephone & Data Systems earned a coverage optimism score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the Wireless communications provider an impact score of 46.5686052034492 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

A number of research firms recently issued reports on TDS. Zacks Investment Research cut Telephone & Data Systems from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 15th. Drexel Hamilton raised Telephone & 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 issued a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $29.00.

Shares of Telephone & Data Systems (NYSE:TDS) traded up $0.43 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $27.79. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 661,400 shares, compared to its average volume of 686,187. Telephone & Data Systems has a 12 month low of $24.57 and a 12 month high of $32.97. The firm has a market capitalization of $3,130.00, a PE ratio of -21.88 and a beta of 0.98. The company has a quick ratio of 2.29, a current ratio of 2.42 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.54.

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

The business also recently declared 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. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $0.62 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.23%. Telephone & Data Systems’s dividend payout ratio is currently -48.82%.

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About Telephone & Data Systems

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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