Should You Be Tempted To ‘Sell’ Centurylink (CTL) Stock

Miller Value Partners recently released its Q1 2020 Investor Letter, a copy of which you can download here. The Miller Value Partners Opportunity Equity Fund posted a return of -38.4% for the quarter (net of fees), underperforming its benchmark, the S&P 500 Index which returned -19.6% in the same quarter. You should check out Miller Value Partners top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of the stock market crash.

In the said letter, Miller Value Partners highlighted a few stocks and Centurylink Inc (NYSE:CTL) is one of them. Centurylink is a technology company. Year-to-date, Centurylink Inc (NYSE:CTL) stock lost 23.4% and on June 11th it had a closing price of $9.75. Here is what Miller Value Partners said:

“While CenturyLink (CTL) common stock fell 26.89% over the quarter, our timely sale of shares resulted in a 9.50% gain over the period it was held in the portfolio. The company reported Q4 revenue of $5.57B (-3.6% Year-over-Year (Y/Y)), 1% ahead of consensus while Earnings before Income, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) of $2.28B (-1% Y/Y) was in-line. Leverage stands at 3.7x and management continues to target 2.75x-3.25x over the next few years. Guidance for Fiscal Year 2020 includes EBITDA of $9.0B-$9.2B and free cash flow (FCF) of $3.1B-$3.4B, a 28% FCF yield at the midpoint. CenturyLink also announced the successful extension and repricing of its senior secured credit facilities.”

In Q1 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Centurylink Inc (NYSE:CTL) stock remained unchanged from the previous quarter (see the chart here). Our calculations showed that Centurylink Inc (NYSE:CTL) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

The top 10 stocks among hedge funds returned 185% since the end of 2014 and outperformed the S&P 500 Index ETFs by more than 109 percentage points. We know it sounds unbelievable. You have been dismissing our articles about top hedge fund stocks mostly because you were fed biased information by other media outlets about hedge funds’ poor performance. You could have doubled the size of your nest egg by investing in the top hedge fund stocks instead of dumb S&P 500 ETFs. Below you can watch our video about the top 5 hedge fund stocks right now. All of these stocks had positive returns in 2020.

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