Windstream Holdings (WIN) Given News Sentiment Score of 0.13

Media coverage about Windstream Holdings (NYSE:WIN) has trended somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 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. Windstream Holdings earned a daily sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the company an impact score of 44.8933303212679 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

Several analysts have recently issued reports on WIN shares. Zacks Investment Research raised Windstream Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $2.25 target price on the stock in a report on Thursday. Morgan Stanley reissued an “equal weight” rating and set a $2.40 target price (down from $5.00) on shares of Windstream Holdings in a report on Wednesday, August 23rd. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “hold” rating and set a $2.50 target price on shares of Windstream Holdings in a report on Thursday, September 7th. Deutsche Bank AG dropped their price objective on Windstream Holdings from $7.00 to $3.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday, August 8th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded Windstream Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $4.08.

Shares of Windstream Holdings (NYSE:WIN) traded down 0.49% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $2.05. The company had a trading volume of 2,341,859 shares. The company’s 50-day moving average is $2.00 and its 200 day moving average is $3.69. The company’s market capitalization is $391.20 million. Windstream Holdings has a one year low of $1.73 and a one year high of $8.62.

Windstream Holdings (NYSE:WIN) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The company reported ($0.37) EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.45) by $0.08. The business had revenue of $1.49 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.50 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.01 earnings per share. Windstream Holdings’s quarterly revenue was up 9.7% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Windstream Holdings will post ($2.06) EPS for the current fiscal year.

Windstream Holdings declared that its board has initiated a share repurchase program on Thursday, August 3rd that permits the company to repurchase $90.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization permits the company to repurchase up to 19.9% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are often a sign that the company’s management believes its shares are undervalued.

In other news, Director Alan L. Wells acquired 68,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 8th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $2.10 per share, for a total transaction of $142,800.00. Following the acquisition, the director now owns 157,971 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $331,739.10. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Anthony W. Thomas acquired 25,381 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 17th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $1.97 per share, with a total value of $50,000.57. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly owns 637,006 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,254,901.82. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders bought a total of 95,381 shares of company stock valued at $196,901 over the last quarter.

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Windstream Holdings Company Profile

Windstream Holdings, Inc provides network communications and technology solutions in the United States. Its ILEC Consumer and Small Business segment offers consumer services, including high-speed Internet access; Internet security services; online backup services; basic local telephone services and long-distance services, as well as call waiting, caller identification, call forwarding, and other services; and video services, as well as owns and operates cable television franchises, and sells and leases equipment to support its consumer high-speed Internet and voice services.

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