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Lumen Technologies, Inc (LUMN) is a leading telecom services business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$15.11 after a previous close of US$15.07. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD14.965 to a high of USD15.26. The latest price was USD15.06 (25 minute delay). Lumen Technologies is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Lumen Technologies

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Lumen Technologies. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: LUMN. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Lumen Technologies reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$14.75, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Lumen Technologies, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Lumen Technologies. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Lumen Technologies share price

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Lumen Technologies shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-11.
OpenUS$15.11
HighUS$15.26
LowUS$14.965
CloseUS$15.06
Previous closeUS$15.07
Change US$-0.01
Change % -0.0664%
Volume 5,857,314
Information last updated 2021-06-09.
52-week rangeUS$8.0141 - US$15.45
50-day moving average US$13.8569
200-day moving average US$12.4019
Target priceUS$10.83
PE ratio N/A
Dividend yield US$1 (10.43%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$1.123

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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 $15.06

1 week (2021-06-02) 3.51%
1 month (2021-05-12) 7.96%
3 months (2021-03-12) 7.34%
6 months (2020-12-11) 47.79%
1 year (2020-06-12) 49.40%
2 years (2019-06-12) 39.83%
3 years (2018-06-12) -16.10%
5 years (2016-06-10) -44.14%

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 PEG ratio

Lumen Technologies's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 54.5753. 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 US$8.5 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 US$20.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 18.41%
Gross profit TTM US$11.8 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.84%
Return on equity TTM -8.71%
Profit margin -5.22%
Book value 12.27
Market capitalisation US$17 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Lumen Technologies shares

There are currently 88.2 million Lumen Technologies shares held short by investors – that's known as Lumen Technologies's "short interest". This figure is 9.4% up from 80.6 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 8.9 million). Lumen Technologies's SIR currently stands at 9.95. In other words for every 100,000 Lumen Technologies shares traded daily on the market, roughly 9950 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 0.08% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Lumen Technologies shares in existence, roughly 80 shares are currently held short) or 0.0907% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Lumen Technologies shares, roughly 91 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: 29

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Lumen Technologies's overall score of 29 (as at 12/31/2018) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 44th 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: 9.33/100

Lumen Technologies's environmental score of 9.33 puts it squarely in the 6th 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: 15.47/100

Lumen Technologies's social score of 15.47 puts it squarely in the 6th 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: 9.19/100

Lumen Technologies's governance score puts it squarely in the 6th 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. 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 29
Total ESG percentile 43.54
Environmental score 9.33
Environmental score percentile 6
Social score 15.47
Social score percentile 6
Governance score 9.19
Governance score percentile 6
Level of controversy 2

Lumen Technologies share dividends

57%

Dividend payout ratio: 57.47% of net profits

Recently Lumen Technologies has paid out, on average, around 57.47% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 6.77% 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 6.77% 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 10 June 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 27 May 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Lumen Technologies's shares ever split?

Lumen Technologies's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 31 March 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 US$8.0141 up to US$15.45. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

LUMN.US volatility(beta: 1.09)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Lumen Technologies's is 1.088. 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).

Lumen Technologies overview

Lumen Technologies, Inc., a facilities-based technology and communications company, provides various integrated services and solutions 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. The company 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. 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, 2020, it served approximately 4.5 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 incorporated in 1968 and is headquartered in Monroe, Louisiana.

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