News stories about U.S. Cellular (NYSE:USM) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. U.S. Cellular earned a media sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the Wireless communications provider an impact score of 46.3582079991966 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Several brokerages have recently weighed in on USM. ValuEngine lowered shares of U.S. Cellular from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of U.S. Cellular from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $41.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Tuesday, February 27th. Finally, Raymond James upgraded shares of U.S. Cellular from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd.

Shares of U.S. Cellular opened at $35.92 on Friday, MarketBeat reports. The stock has a market cap of $3.08 billion, a PE ratio of 61.93, a P/E/G ratio of 52.57 and a beta of 0.48. U.S. Cellular has a 1-year low of $32.06 and a 1-year high of $41.82. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41, a quick ratio of 2.35 and a current ratio of 2.58.

U.S. Cellular (NYSE:USM) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, May 1st. The Wireless communications provider reported $0.52 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.41 by $0.11. U.S. Cellular had a net margin of 0.80% and a return on equity of 1.82%. The firm had revenue of $942.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $948.66 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.31 earnings per share. U.S. Cellular’s revenue for the quarter was up .6% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts forecast that U.S. Cellular will post 0.69 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, Director Ronald E. Daly sold 1,880 shares of the firm’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 transaction, the director now owns 3,350 shares in the company, valued at $134,938. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, Director J Samuel Crowley sold 1,926 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $39.88, for a total transaction of $76,808.88. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 4,640 shares in the company, valued at approximately $185,043.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 6,962 shares of company stock worth $279,284 in the last 90 days. 1.60% of the stock is currently owned by 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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