USM stock: buy or sell?
August 22nd, 2019
United States Cellular Corporation provides wireless telecommunications services in the United States. Its wireless services include postpaid and prepaid service plans with voice, messaging, and data 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.
Should I buy USM stock?You can't be a successful trader if you don't follow a methodolgy or system that assist you in choosing companies and the correct market timing. That's why is so important to define your own trading plan that matches with your character as inversor. At Stocks2.com, we like to use very simple but trusted and powerful trend following trading strategies. Simple things usually work the best.
None of our preferred buy setups matches with United States Cellular stock situation right now, therefore this is not a suitable entry point.
|New all-time high||No|
|New 52 week high||No|
|Price crossing up 200d MA||No|
|100d MA crossing up 200d MA||No|
Is United States Cellular stock a buy?
Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are posted by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness.At Stocks2.com, we detected 5 ratings published for USM stock in the last 30 days.
|Date||Analyst / Broker||Previous rating||Current rating|
|2019-8-6||Wells Fargo & Co||n/a||Market Perform|
|2019-8-5||JPMorgan Chase & Co.||Underweight||Neutral|
|2019-6-18||Morgan Stanley||Equal Weight||Overweight|
USM stock analysis
United States Cellular shares stayed stable 0.11% to $35.54 today.
United States Cellular ended today at $35.54 and stayed stable a neutral 0.11%.
United States Cellular shares stepped up 1.63% this week, ending at $35.54. Early August USM plummed a hair-raising -6.67% in just one week. Early July USM rocketed a superb 5.04% in just one week.
USM stock price history
USM IPO was on May 4th, 1988 at $12.76 per share1. Since then, USM stock grew a 178.50%, with an average of 5.80% per year. If you had invested $1,000 in USM stock in 1988, it would worth $1,785.00 today.
1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.
USM stock historical price chart
USM stock reached 52-week highs on January at $59.74, and all-time highs 1999-11-29 with a price of 107.86.
USM stock price target is $45.30Nobody can reliably foresee how stock prices may evolve in the future. However, many stock price predictions are published every day by banks, financial institutions and independent analysts. The accuracy of these stock price predictions is not very high, and you should not blindly believe and make decisions only based on what this ratings or price target predictions say. We have 4 price predictions for USM stock posted in the last 30 days:
|Date||Analyst / Broker||Action||Previous target||Current target||Diff|
|2019-8-6||Wells Fargo & Co||Lowers Target||$50.00||$40.00||-20%|
|2019-8-6||B. Riley||Lowers Target||$50.00||$42.00||-16%|
|2019-8-5||JPMorgan Chase & Co.||Upgrades||n/a||$46.00||-|
Financials and fundamental analysis
Earnings date and Earnings per ShareOn February, United States Cellular presented its financial report, posting an exceptional growth for the Earnings per Share (EPS) ratio. Experts were expecting $0.14 per share, but United States Cellular posted $0.23.
|Quarter||Reporting date||Estimated EPS||Actual EPS||Surprise|
Annual financial resultsIn 2018, United States Cellular annual turnover gained a slightly good 1.98% to $3,967.00 million dollars from $3,890.00 marked in 2017. In line, its earnings margin (compared to sales) appreciated to 3.78%, that is $150.00 million.
|2013||$3,920 M||-||$140 M3.6%||-|
|2014||$3,893 M||-0.70%||$-42.81 M-1.1%||-130.57%|
|2015||$3,997 M||2.67%||$241 M6.0%||-663.74%|
|2016||$3,939 M||-1.45%||$48 M1.2%||-80.11%|
|2017||$3,890 M||-1.24%||$12 M0.3%||-75.00%|
|2018||$3,967 M||1.98%||$150 M3.8%||1,150.00%|
Quarterly financial resultsUnited States Cellular reported $1,051.00 M in sales for 2018-Q4, a 5.00% improvement compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings marked $21.00 M with a profit margin of 2.00%. Profit margin slightly fell a -1.60% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 3.60%. When comparing revenues to same quarter last year, United States Cellular sales marked a tiny gain and stepped up a 2.24%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, United States Cellular posted 3 negative quarters in a row.
|2017-Q1||$936 M||-||$26 M2.8%||-|
|2017-Q2||$963 M||2.88%||$12 M1.2%||-53.85%|
|2017-Q3||$963 M||0.00%||$-299 M-31.0%||-2,591.67%|
|2017-Q4||$1,028 M||6.75%||$273 M26.6%||-191.30%|
|2018-Q1||$942 M||-8.37%||$45 M4.8%||-83.52%|
|2018-Q2||$974 M||3.40%||$49 M5.0%||8.89%|
|2018-Q3||$1,001 M||2.77%||$36 M3.6%||-26.53%|
|2018-Q4||$1,051 M||5.00%||$21 M2.0%||-41.67%|
United States Cellular ownershipWhen you are planning to buy shares of a company, it's always worth to overview its ownership structure.
United States Cellular shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 0.55% of all shares.
In case of United States Cellular stock, 27.50% of its shares are held by institutions (mutual funds, pension funds, big banks and other large financial institutions). Bearish positions for USM stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.
For a better understanding, the following table shows ownership data compared to other related companies:
|Market cap||$1.9 B||$1.6 B||$231.9 M||$230.0 B||$2.6 B|
|Total shares||53.4 M||49.9 M||19.2 M||6,500.0 M||106.6 M|
|Float shares||15.5 M||47.0 M||16.1 M||7,300.0 M||100.2 M|
|- Institutional holdings (%)||27.5%||50.5%||87.0%||55.4%||90.3%|
|- Insider holdings (%)||0.5%||5.4%||2.2%||0.1%||0.8%|
|Shares in short selling||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|
|Thursday, August 22nd, 2019|
|Day range||$35.29 - $36.39|
|Average true range||$1.22|
|50d mov avg||$43.56|
|100d mov avg||$45.16|
|200d mov avg||$49.01|
United States Cellular performanceTo measure stock performance is always good to benchmark with competitors or related stocks. In the following table, we compare United States Cellular performance to Shenandoah Telecommunications, Spok, AT&T, Telephone and Data Systems, T-Mobile US and Verizon Communications:
|USMUnited States Cel...||-22.99%||-27.62%||-18.73%|
|TDSTelephone and Dat...||-19.09%||-23.51%||-17.26%|