Stocks For New Retirement Portfolio: CenturyLink, Inc. (CTL), Sunrun Inc. (RUN)

2 analysts out of 16 Wall Street brokerage firms rate CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) as a Buy, while 4 see it as a Sell. The rest 10 describe it as a Hold. CTL stock traded higher to an intra-day high of $12.19. At one point in session, its potential discontinued and the price was down to lows at $11.895. Analysts have set CTL’s consensus price at $14.07, effectively giving it a 18.04% projection on returns. Should the projected estimates be met, then the stock will likely hit its highest price at $20 (up 67.79% from current price levels). CTL has a 7% ROE, lower than the 26.77% average for the industry. The average ROE for the sector is 24.39%.

It is expected that in Mar 2019 quarter CTL will have an EPS of $0.29, suggesting a 16% growth. For Jun 2019 is projected at $0.31. It means that there could be a 19.23% growth in the quarter. Yearly earnings are expected to rise by 4.2% to about $1.24. As for the coming year, growth will be about 8.87%, lifting earnings to $1.35. RSI after the last trading period was 33.21. CTL recorded a change of -1.57% over the past week and returned -29.76% over the last three months while the CTL stock’s monthly performance revealed a shift in price of -18.08%. The year to date (YTD) performance stands at -21.32%, and the bi-yearly performance specified an activity trend of -47.05% while the shares have moved -32.66% for the past 12 months.

CenturyLink, Inc. (CTL) currently trades at $11.92, which is lower by -1.49% its previous price. It has a total of 1.06 billion outstanding shares, with an ATR of around 0.5. The company’s stock volume dropped to 12.47 million, worse than 17.75 million that represents its 50-day average. A 5-day decrease of about -1.57% in its price means CTL is now -21.32% lower on year-to-date. The shares have surrendered $43518.08 since its $24.20 52-week high price recorded on 21st of August 2018. Overall, it has seen a growth rate of -32.66 over the last 12 months. The current price per share is $0.4 above the 52 week low of $11.52 set on 6th of March 2019.

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL)’s EPS was $0.37 as reported for the December quarter. In comparison, the same quarter a year ago had an EPS of $0.18. That means that its growth in general now stands at 106%. Therefore, a prediction of $0.32 given by the analysts brought a positive surprise of 16%. CTL Dec 19 quarter revenue was $5.78 billion, compared to $5.32 billion recorded in same quarter last year, giving it a 9% growth rate. The company’s $0.46 billion revenue growth that quarter surprised Wall Street and investors will need to consider this as they assess the stock.

Sunrun Inc. (NASDAQ:RUN) shares depreciated -1.09% over the last trading period, taking overall 5-day performance up to -1.75%. RUN’s price now at $14.57 is greater than the 50-day average of $13.61. Getting the trading period increased to 200 days, the stock price was seen at $13.31 on average. The general public currently hold control of a total of 101.62 million shares, which is the number publicly available for trading. The total of shares that it has issued to investors is 114.67 million. The company’s management holds a total of 5%, while institutional investors hold about 87.6% of the remaining shares. RUN share price finished last trade -5.12% below its 20 day simple moving average and its upbeat gap from 200 day simple moving average is 9.64%, while closing the session with 7.63% distance from 50 day simple moving average.

Sunrun Inc. (RUN) shares were last observed trading -14.75% down since March 04, 2019 when the peak of $17.09 was hit. Last month’s price growth of -2.41% puts RUN performance for the year now at 33.79%. Consequently, the shares price is trending higher by 100.97%, a 52-week worst price since Mar. 16, 2018. However, it is regaining value with 14.72% in the last 6 months. From a technical perspective, it appears more likely that the stock will experience a Bull Run market as a result of the strong support seen recently between $14.13 and $14.35. The immediate resistance area is now $14.79 Williams’s %R (14) for RUN moved to 89.05 while the stochastic %K points at 14.72.

RUN’s beta is 0.6; meaning investors could reap lower returns, although it also poses lower risks. The company allocated $0.24 per share from its yearly profit to its outstanding shares. Its last reported revenue is $240.12 million, which was 64% versus $146.44 million in the corresponding quarter last year. The EPS for Dec 19 quarter came in at $-0.05 compared to $0.25 in the year-ago quarter and had represented -120% year-over-year earnings per share growth. RUN’s ROA is 0.6%, lower than the 3.11% industry average. Although a more robust percentage would be better, consideration is given to how well peers within the industry performed. Companies within the sector had an ROA of 8.84%.