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Bargain hunters are wise to pay careful attention to insider buying, because although there are many various reasons for an insider to sell a stock, presumably the only reason they would use their hard-earned cash to make a purchase, is that they...
newratings.com  Nov 4  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - CenturyLink, Inc. (CTL) announced that it agreed to sell its data centers and colocation business to funds advised by BC Partners, in a consortium including Medina Capital Advisors and Longview Asset Management. In exchange,...
Forbes  Nov 3  Comment 
The DividendRank formula at Dividend Channel ranks a coverage universe of thousands of dividend stocks, according to a proprietary formula designed to identify those stocks that combine two important characteristics — strong fundamentals and a...
Motley Fool  Nov 3  Comment 
Sector rival CenturyLink is buying the operator of global voice and data networks in a blockbuster $34 billion deal.
Forbes  Oct 31  Comment 
Among the underlying components of the S&P 500 index, we saw noteworthy options trading volume today in Wynn Resorts Ltd (NASD: WYNN), where a total of 11,206 contracts have traded so far, representing approximately 1.1 million underlying shares....
Clusterstock  Oct 31  Comment 
CenturyLink announced it was acquiring Level 3 Communications and now its stock is tumbling. Early Monday, the communications provider announced a deal to buy L3 in a merger with a total deal value of $34 billion. "The digital economy...
Forbes  Oct 28  Comment 
In recent trading, shares of CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) have crossed above the average analyst 12-month target price of $29.09, changing hands for $31.00/share. When a stock reaches the target an analyst has set, the analyst logically has two...




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CenturyTel, Inc. (CTL) is a Monroe, Louisiana-based operator of rural telephone services. The firm is one of the leading pure-play rural local exchange carriers (RLECs), with over 2.1 million telephone access lines, primarily in rural areas and small to mid-size cities in 21 states. Based on the number of access lines served, the company is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the United States. In addition to offering local phone services, the company also provides long-distance, Internet access, fiber optic network services, security monitoring, as well as other communications and business information services. In 2006, CenturyTel generated revenue from the following sources: network access (37%), voice revenues (35%), data (14%), fiber transport and CLEC (6%) and other (8%). All operations of CenturyTel are located in the U.S. Recently available information provides key market segment data, which include: Wisconsin (representing 20% of access lines), Missouri (20%), Alabama (12%), Arkansas (11%), Washington (8%), Michigan (5%), Louisiana (4%), Colorado (4%), Ohio (4%), Oregon (3%) and other (8%).

Historically, the company has grown at a healthy rate in part due to its acquisition initiatives. In July 2002, CenturyTel acquired 650,000 access lines in Alabama and Missouri from Verizon. In the second and fourth quarters of 2003, it acquired Digital Teleport and Midwest Fiber Optic Network, respectively. On April 30, 2007, the company completed the acquisition of Madison River Communications Corp (MRCC). With this acquisition, CenturyTel added approximately 170,000 access lines in new markets and enjoys attractive growth prospects in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois and North Carolina. Madison River's network is nearly 100% broadband-enabled and also includes a 2,400 route-mile fiber network that is complementary to CenturyTel's existing operations.




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