Don’t Forget to Observe This Stock: United States Cellular Corporation (USM)

United States Cellular Corporation (USM):

United States Cellular Corporation (USM) stock moved lower -0.59% in contrast to its 20 day moving average displaying short-term a downside movement of stock. It shifted 9.15% above its 50-day simple moving average. This is showing medium-term bullish trend based on SMA 50. The stock price went overhead 31.13% from its 200-day simple moving average identifying long-term rising trend.

Moving averages provide important information regarding direction of the market. They were created to provide the directional information of the market to smoothen out the zig-zags that form during a trend formation. In the current generation of high speed computer calculations, its use has become much more relevant and simplified.

It goes without saying that investors should not rely solely on any one technique. However, applying moving-average strategies in conjunction with portfolio diversification and prudent money management may reduce one’s risk substantially.

Shares price moved with -6.21% from its 50 Day high and distanced at 26.88% from 50 Day low. Analyses consensus rating score stands at 2.7. For the next one year period, the average of individual price target estimates referred by covering sell-side analysts is $52.33.

As took short look on profitability, the firm profit margin which was recorded 10.20%, and operating margin was noted at 3.90%. The company maintained a Gross Margin of 54.70%. The Institutional ownership of the firm is 27.00% while Insiders ownership is 0.30%. Company has kept return on investment (ROI) at -5.40% over the previous 12 months and has been able to maintain return on asset (ROA) at 5.70% for the last twelve months. Return on equity (ROE) recorded at 10.40%.

In Thursday trading session United States Cellular Corporation (USM) stock finished trading at $54.81 by scoring a change of 0.59%. The recent trading activity revealed that the stock price is at 70.96% off from its 52-week low and traded with move of -6.21% from high printed in the last 52-week period. The Company kept 52.42M Floating Shares and holds 87.68M shares outstanding.

The company’s earnings per share shows growth of -629.20% for the current year and expected to arrive earnings growth for the next year at -0.62% . Analyst projected EPS growth for the next 5 years at40.10%. The company’s EPS growth rate for past five years was -33.80%. The earnings growth rate for the next years is an important measure for investors planning to hold onto a stock for several years. The company’s earnings will usually have a direct relationship to the price of the company’s stock. The stock observed Sales growth of -2.70% during past 5 years. EPS growth quarter over quarter stands at 111.40% and Sales growth quarter over quarter is at 3.90%.

United States Cellular Corporation (USM) stock recent traded volume stands with 199938 shares as compared with its average volume of 175.98K shares. The relative volume observed at 1.14.

Trading volume can help an investor identify momentum in a stock and confirm a trend. If trading volume increases, prices generally move in the same direction. That is, if a security is continuing higher in an uptrend, the volume of the security should also increase and vice versa. Trading volume can also signal when an investor should take profits and sell a security due to low activity. If there is no relationship between the trading volume and the price of a security, this signals weakness in the current trend and a possible reversal.

The current ratio of 2.7 is mainly used to give an idea of a company’s ability to pay back its liabilities (debt and accounts payable) with its assets (cash, marketable securities, inventory, accounts receivable). As such, current ratio can be used to make a rough estimate of a company’s financial health. The quick ratio of 2.5 is a measure of how well a company can meet its short-term financial liabilities with quick assets (cash and cash equivalents, short-term marketable securities, and accounts receivable). The higher the ratio, the more financially secure a company is in the short term. A common rule of thumb is that companies with a quick ratio of greater than 1.0 are sufficiently able to meet their short-term liabilities.

The long term debt/equity shows a value of 0.4 with a total debt/equity of 0.41. It gives the investors the idea on the company’s financial leverage, measured by apportioning total liabilities by its stockholders equity. It also illustrates how much debt the corporation is using to finance its assets in relation to the value represented in shareholders’ equity.

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