Analysts and investors will be looking forward to the next earnings release from United States Cellular Corporation (NYSE:USM) which is scheduled to be on or around 2017-02-17 for the period ending 2016-12-31. Covering sell-side analysts have a current quarter earnings per share estimate of $-0.08. In the same quarter last year, the company posted EPS of $-0.02.
Company earnings results have the capability of triggering near-term stock movements whether results hit or miss expectations. Prior to earnings, investors may be tracking directional trends of provided estimates. The company reported actual earnings per share for the previous quarter of $0.2. The Zacks Research consensus estimate before the earnings report was $0.23. The difference between the estimate and actual was $-0.03 which created a surprise factor of -13.04%.
5 analysts polled by Zacks Research currently have a mean target price of $41.4 on shares. The analyst with the highest target price sees the stock hitting $50 and the lowest target estimate sees the stock touching $30 within the year. In looking at the standard deviation of all estimates, we arrive at 7.668. Zacks Research also uses an analyst ratings scale that ranges from 1 to 5. Using this scale, a 1 would represent a Strong Buy, and a 5 rating would indicate a Strong Sell rating. Using all the ratings on United States Cellular Corporation (NYSE:USM), the mean sits at 2.71. Breaking those down we see that the ratings are as follows: 2 Strong Buy, 0 Rated Buy, 4 Rated Hold and 0 Rated Sell.
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