The Communications Services Sector contains companies that provide communications services primarily through a fixed-line, cellular, wireless, high bandwidth and/or fiber optic cable network.
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Sector Commentary from Standard & Poor's
<p>CFRA recommends underweighting the S&P 500 telecommunications services
sector. Year-to-date through September 4 , 2018, the S&P 500 telecom services
index, which represented 1.9% of the S&P 500 index, was down 8.3% in price,
compared with an 8.3% increase in the S&P 500. In 2017, this sector index
declined 6.0% versus a price advance of 19.4% for the 500. There are two sub-industry indexes in this sector: integrated telecommunications services,
which represents approximately 96% of the sector; and alternate carriers, which accounts for the remainder.</p><p>The cap-weighted average of this
sector's component company CFRA STARS (STock Appreciation Ranking System) is 3.5 out of 5.0, as compared with a cap-weighted average of 3.7 for the S&P
500. The sub-industry within this sector that currently shows the highest average STARS is integrated telecommunications, while alternative carriers has the lowest average STARS. According to S&P Capital IQ Consensus Estimates, the
sector is projected to record a 20.7% year-over-year rise in operating earnings per share in 2018, as compared with the S&P 500’s estimated EPS
gain of 22.2%. For 2017, this sector reported a 1.6% rise in EPS versus a 12% increase for the S&P 500. In addition, revenues for the sector are forecast to
rise 6.8% in 2018 versus the S&P 500’s projected increase of 8.4%. The
sector's price-to-earnings ratio of 10.2X, based on consensus next-12-month operating EPS estimates, is well below the S&P 500's forward P/E of 17.3X. S&P
Capital IQ also reports that the consensus long-term EPS growth estimate for this sector is 3.9% versus the S&P 500's 14.0%, giving the sector a
P/E-to-projected EPS growth rate (PEG) ratio of 2.6X, which is significantly above the broader market's PEG of 1.2X. Finally, this sector pays a dividend
yield of 5.6%, as compared with the yield of 1.9% for the S&P
500.</p><p>CFRA's proprietary technical indicator for this sector currently
shows a neutral reading. In researching the past market history of prices and trading volume for each company, CFRA's computer models apply special
technical methods and formulas to identify and project price trends for the sector.</p><p>/Sam Stovall<p>
|P/E (Last Year GAAP Actual)||24.80|
|P/E (This Year's Estimate)||26.42|
|EPS Growth (TTM vs. Prior TTM)||18.74%|
|Revenue Growth (TTM vs. Prior TTM)||16.74%|
|Return on Equity (TTM)||14.39%|
|Return on Investment (TTM)||10.52%|
|Total Debt/Equity (TTM)||88.77|
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