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CenturyLink

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CenturyLink results, guidance enough for relief rally, says Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley analyst Simon Flannery called CenturyLink's Q4 results and 2018 guidance "messy," but he also believes they provide enough fuel to de-risk the stock in the near-term and drive a relief rally. Management reiterated confidence in the dividend payout, noted prospects for significant margin expansion and expects steady deleveraging helped by recent tax reform, noted Flannery, who has an Overweight rating and $21.60 price target on CenturyLink shares.

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CTL CenturyLink
$17.58

0.37 (2.15%)

01/25/18
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01/25/18
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Target $22
RBCM
Outperform
CenturyLink upgraded to Outperform at RBC Capital on synergy and valuation
As reported earlier, RBC Capital analyst Jonathan Atkin upgraded CenturyLink to Outperform from Sector Perform and raised his price target to $22 from $18. Atkin says there is potential upside to the company's synergy targets, adding that he believes the new management can restructure operations to generate EBITDA growth. The analyst also notes that CenturyLink's dividend is sustainable given the free cash flow accretion from tax reform and cost efficiencies.
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On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Grainger (GWW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird with analyst David Manthey saying its strategic initiatives are gaining traction faster than expected. 2. Carter's (CRI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo with analyst Ike Boruchow saying his store work and industry reads give him confidence that Carter's comps should come in above plan. 3. CenturyLink (CTL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital with analyst Jonathan Atkin saying there is potential upside to the company's synergy targets, adding that he believes the new management can restructure operations to generate EBITDA growth. 4. Lowe's (LOW), Dick's Sporting (DKS), and Michaels (MIK) were upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory. 5. Varian Medical (VAR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington with analyst Michael Petusky saying he views the company's first quarter results as "strong" and believes the outlook for 2018 is likely conservative. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
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Outperform
Calix upgraded to Outperform with $9 price target at Northland
As previously reported, Northland analyst Tim Savageaux upgraded Calix (CALX) to Outperform from Market Perform, stating that while its Q4 results missed expectations the company looks to have meaningfully addressed its operating expense and gross margin issues. While he expects slower growth as a ramp at Verizon (VZ) offsets weakness at CenturyLink (CTL), he estimates the company will turn from a loss to "solid profits" in FY18, Savageaux tells investors. He set a $9 price target on Calix shares.
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JEFF
02/15/18
NO CHANGE
Target $17
JEFF
Hold
CenturyLink results generally in-line excluding items, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Scott Goldman says CenturyLink's were messy as expected given the mid-quarter Level 3 acquisition closing. Excluding one-time items, the results were generally in-line, as was the guidance, Goldman tells investors in a post-earnings research note titled "A Satisfying Guide, Though Don't be Fooled by the Headlines." He expects the stock to react positively today given the "considerable apprehension" ahead of the guidance. The analyst leaves quarter "slightly more positive" on CenturyLink but keeps a Hold rating on the name with a $17 price target.

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