Media headlines about Telephone & Data Systems (NYSE:TDS) have trended positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Telephone & Data Systems earned a media sentiment score of 0.30 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the Wireless communications provider an impact score of 46.7828905250415 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Several research firms have commented on TDS. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Telephone & Data Systems from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Telephone & Data Systems from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $30.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Wednesday. Finally, Drexel Hamilton upgraded shares of Telephone & Data Systems from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, November 9th.

Telephone & Data Systems (NYSE TDS) opened at $28.94 on Friday. Telephone & Data Systems has a fifty-two week low of $23.54 and a fifty-two week high of $29.87. The company has a market cap of $3,112.44, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.92, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 7.36 and a beta of 0.77. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.50, a current ratio of 2.14 and a quick ratio of 2.29.

Telephone & Data Systems (NYSE:TDS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February 23rd. The Wireless communications provider reported $0.05 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.02) by $0.07. Telephone & Data Systems had a net margin of 3.03% and a return on equity of 1.30%. The firm had revenue of $1.31 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.29 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned ($0.05) earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 1.2% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts predict that Telephone & Data Systems will post 0.42 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 29th. Investors of record on Friday, March 16th will be paid a $0.16 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 15th. This is an increase from Telephone & Data Systems’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.16. This represents a $0.64 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.21%. Telephone & Data Systems’s dividend payout ratio is 46.97%.

In related news, Director David A. Wittwer sold 285,704 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $27.20, for a total value of $7,771,148.80. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 117,710 shares in the company, valued at $3,201,712. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 17.30% of the company’s stock.

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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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