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Lumen Technologies, Inc (CTL) is a leading telecom services business based in the US. It opened the day at $10.09 after a previous close of $10.46. During the day the price has varied from a low of $9.99 to a high of $10.26. The latest price was $10.19 (25 minute delay). Lumen Technologies is listed on the N/A and employs 40,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Lumen Technologies

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: CTL in this case.
  5. Research Lumen Technologies shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Lumen Technologies shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

Lumen Technologies share price

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Lumen Technologies shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-11.
Open$10.09
High$10.26
Low$9.99
Close$10.19
Previous close$10.46
Change $-0.27
Change % -2.581%
Volume 11,490,567
Information last updated 2020-12-27.
52-week range$2.2076 - $6.3998
50-day moving average $10.1791
200-day moving average $10.1434
Wall St. target price$9.66
PE ratio 9.7952
Dividend yield $1 (9.86%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $1.123
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Fineco
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£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
Portfolio transfer fees (in & out)
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Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
Any lump sum or £25 a month
£119.88
£7.99
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Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
Moneyfarm helps you meet your investment goals with fully-managed portfolios designed around you. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
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Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
£0
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Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
0.12%
£8.00
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AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
0.25%
£9.95
AJ Bell is a good all-rounder for people who to choose between shares, funds, ISAs and pensions. Capital at risk.
Fidelity stocks and shares ISA
£1000 or a regular savings plan from £50
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£10.00
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£100 or £20 a month
0.61%
N/A
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Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
interactive investor is a flat-fee platform, which makes it cost effective for larger portfolios. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm Pension
£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
0.35%-0.75%
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
AJ Bell has two different pension options, a self managed pension and one that is managed for you. Capital at risk.
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No minimum
7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
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Hargreaves Lansdown Pension
£100 or £25 a month
2,500 funds
0-0.45%
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Saxo Markets Pension
£10
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
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Penfold
No minimum
4 portfolios
0.75-0.88%
Moneybox Pension
£1
3 funds
0.15% - 0.45% charged monthly
Manage your money with an easy-to-use Moneybox app. Capital at risk.
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Is it a good time to buy Lumen Technologies stock?

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Lumen Technologies price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $10.19

1 month (2020-12-22) 100.20%
6 months (2020-07-22) 223.49%
1 year (2020-01-22) 191.14%
2 years (2019-01-21) 156.68%
3 years (2018-01-19) 97.86%
5 years (2016-01-21) -88.79%

Is Lumen Technologies under- or over-valued?

Valuing Lumen Technologies stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Lumen Technologies's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Lumen Technologies's P/E ratio

Lumen Technologies's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 10x. In other words, Lumen Technologies shares trade at around 10x recent earnings.

Lumen Technologies's PEG ratio

Lumen Technologies's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 45.7718. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Lumen Technologies's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Lumen Technologies's EBITDA

Lumen Technologies's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $8.7 billion (£6.4 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of a Lumen Technologies's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Lumen Technologies financials

Revenue TTM $22 billion
Operating margin TTM 17.78%
Gross profit TTM $12.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.8%
Return on equity TTM 0%
Profit margin 5.52%
Book value $12.27
Market capitalisation $12.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Lumen Technologies shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "CTL.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 114.9 million Lumen Technologies shares held short by investors – that's known as Lumen Technologies's "short interest". This figure is 2.3% up from 112.3 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Lumen Technologies shares can be evaluated.

Lumen Technologies's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Lumen Technologies's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Lumen Technologies shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Lumen Technologies shares traded daily (recently around 13.4 million). Lumen Technologies's SIR currently stands at 8.6. In other words for every 100,000 Lumen Technologies shares traded daily on the market, roughly 8600 shares are currently held short.

However Lumen Technologies's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Lumen Technologies shares, or, against the total number of tradable Lumen Technologies shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Lumen Technologies's short interest could be expressed as 0.1% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Lumen Technologies shares in existence, roughly 100 shares are currently held short) or 0.1192% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Lumen Technologies shares, roughly 119 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Lumen Technologies.

Find out more about how you can short Lumen Technologies stock.

Lumen Technologies's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Lumen Technologies.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Lumen Technologies's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 24

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Lumen Technologies's overall score of 24 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 39th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Lumen Technologies is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Lumen Technologies's environmental score

Environmental score: 4.33/100

Lumen Technologies's environmental score of 4.33 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Lumen Technologies is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Lumen Technologies's social score

Social score: 10.47/100

Lumen Technologies's social score of 10.47 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Lumen Technologies is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Lumen Technologies's governance score

Governance score: 4.19/100

Lumen Technologies's governance score puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Lumen Technologies is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Lumen Technologies's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Lumen Technologies scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Lumen Technologies has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Lumen Technologies, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 24
Total ESG percentile 38.54
Environmental score 4.33
Environmental score percentile 1
Social score 10.47
Social score percentile 1
Governance score 4.19
Governance score percentile 1
Level of controversy 2

Lumen Technologies share dividends

89%

Dividend payout ratio: 89.29% of net profits

Recently Lumen Technologies has paid out, on average, around 89.29% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 9.86% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Lumen Technologies shareholders could enjoy a 9.86% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Lumen Technologies's case, that would currently equate to about $1 per share.

Lumen Technologies's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Lumen Technologies's most recent dividend payout was on 11 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 28 August 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Lumen Technologies's shares ever split?

Lumen Technologies's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 1 April 1999. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Lumen Technologies shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Lumen Technologies shares which in turn could have impacted Lumen Technologies's share price.

Lumen Technologies share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Lumen Technologies's shares have ranged in value from as little as $2.2076 up to $6.3998. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CTL.US volatility(beta: 1.01)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (N/A average) beta is 1, while Lumen Technologies's is 1.0094. This would suggest that Lumen Technologies's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

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Lumen Technologies overview

Lumen Technologies, Inc., a facilities-based communications company, provides various integrated services under ?CenturyLink' name to business and residential customers in the United States and internationally. The company operates through five segments: International and Global Accounts Management, Enterprise, Small and Medium Business, Wholesale, and Consumer. It offers IP and data services, including VPN data network, Ethernet, internet protocol (IP), and content delivery services. Lumen Technologies, Inc. also offers transport and infrastructure services comprising high bandwidth optical networks; unlit optical fiber networks, and related professional and management services; private line services, a direct circuit or channel specifically dedicated for connecting two or more organizational sites; colocation and data center services; and consulting services, which include network management, installation and maintenance of data equipment, and building of proprietary fiber-optic broadband networks for government and business customers. In addition, the company provides voice and collaboration services, including primary rate interface service, local inbound service, switched one-plus, toll free, long distance, and international services; and voice over internet protocol services, as well as satellite television services under DIRECTV name. Further, it offers IT and managed service that include network, hosting, public and private cloud, and other IT services, as well as intuitive management tools. Additionally, the company is involved in leasing and subleasing of space. As of December 31, 2019, it served approximately 4.7 million broadband subscribers. The company was formerly knowen as CenturyLink, Inc. and changed its name to Lumen Technologies, Inc. in September 2020. Lumen Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Monroe, Louisiana.

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