News headlines about U.S. Cellular (NYSE:USM) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. U.S. Cellular earned a daily sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the Wireless communications provider an impact score of 45.9268613058158 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

A number of equities research analysts recently commented on USM shares. Zacks Investment Research raised U.S. Cellular from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $41.00 target price for the company in a report on Tuesday, February 27th. ValuEngine raised U.S. Cellular from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, April 2nd. Finally, Raymond James raised U.S. Cellular from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd.

U.S. Cellular opened at $36.86 on Thursday, MarketBeat.com reports. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41, a current ratio of 2.58 and a quick ratio of 2.35. U.S. Cellular has a 52 week low of $36.84 and a 52 week high of $37.13. The stock has a market cap of $3.18 billion, a P/E ratio of 63.55, a PEG ratio of 44.01 and a beta of 0.48.

U.S. Cellular (NYSE:USM) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, May 1st. The Wireless communications provider reported $0.52 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.41 by $0.11. U.S. Cellular had a return on equity of 1.82% and a net margin of 0.80%. The firm had revenue of $942.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $948.66 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.31 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up .6% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts anticipate that U.S. Cellular will post 0.85 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other U.S. Cellular news, SVP Edward Perez sold 1,844 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $39.92, for a total value of $73,612.48. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 7,845 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $313,172.40. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Ronald E. Daly sold 1,880 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.28, for a total value of $75,726.40. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 3,350 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $134,938. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 6,962 shares of company stock valued at $279,284 over the last three months. 1.90% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

About U.S. Cellular

United States Cellular Corporation provides wireless telecommunications services in the United States. The company offers postpaid and prepaid service plans with voice, messaging, and data usage option services; and smartphone messaging, data, and Internet services, which allow the customer to access the Web and social network sites, e-mail, text, picture, and video messaging, as well as to utilize GPS navigation, and browse and download various applications.

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for U.S. Cellular (NYSE:USM)

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