Level 3 Communications, Inc.

  • Why this Company Said Faster is Better?

    By Gayron Wainwright - August 4, 2013 | Tickers: T, GOOG, LVLT, SBUX

    There have always been discussions over slow internet speeds and “faster is better” is overwhelmingly the winner. Recently, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) struck a deal with Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) to provide free high-speed Wi-Fi service in all 7,000 U.S. Starbucks. Google and Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT)will start this project this month at Starbucks’ busiest shops, meaning the shops with the highest Wi-Fi usage, not the shops with more »

  • 8x8 Should Be a Stock You Own

    By Michael Mandala - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: EGHT, LVLT, VG

    The technological convergence that began in the late 1990’s continues to show positive side effects in product and service offerings of today’s telecommunication providers. Up until just a few years ago, companies - and small business alike - needed to seek out different vendors to aggregate parts to form a communications solution.

    Those times have come and gone, and as single companies now offer a cost-cutting, one-stop solution for product more »

  • Do Not Pass Level 2

    By Ryan Palmer - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: AKAM, LVLT, LLNW

    In the world of video games level twos are almost always incredibly easy. Of course you want to advance past them and enjoy the rest of the game. But in the world of stocks going past level two could be very bad, especially if it takes you to Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT).

    What they do

    The company describes itself as one of the largest international backbones of the internet more »

  • Sell the Shovel and Forget the Gold

    By Joshua Bondy - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: AKAM, INAP, LVLT

    During the Klondike Gold Rush there were two ways to get rich. You could spend your days in the cold, searching for gold, or you could sell shovels. Selling shovels isn't very exciting, but it is a safe and secure way to consistently make money. Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM) has taken this philosophy online. It runs one of the world's best content delivery networks (CDNs) and provides the more »

  • A Top-Notch Internet Growth Play

    By Dan Moskowitz - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: AKAM, LVLT, RAX

    Many investors have heard the name Akamai (NASDAQ: AKAM), but not all investors understand what the company does. Essentially, Akamai makes the Internet faster and more secure, and delivers approximately 20% of web content around the world. But while the company's future prospects look good, strong headwinds could still hinder Akamai’s stock performance. 

    Important numbers

    Akamai has a lot going for it at the moment. Demand for security more »

  • What’s the "Warren Buffett of Canada" up to Now?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - May 31, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, JNJ, LVLT, RFP, SD

    Each quarter, hedge funds, such as Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial Holdings, file 13F forms with the SEC. These 13F forms disclose many of the positions held in the funds’ equity portfolio during the quarter. Prem Watsa is one of the managers we track at Insider Monkey, and he’s been described as the "Warren Buffett of Canada." His fund has returned around 100% since 2007.

    We will now take more »

  • A Pure Play on Exploding Digital Data Transmission

    By Cory Renauer - May 2, 2013 | Tickers: AKAM, GOOG, LVLT

    The number of fixed broadband internet subscribers exploded during 1998-2003, but since then, it has grown at a fairly constant rate of about 50-60 million per year. That lack of acceleration puts internet service providers and hardware manufacturers in the slow growth drawer.

    The amount of digital information passing through those lines is still growing exponentially, mainly in the form of streaming video. As a savvy investor, you're probably more »

  • It’s Time You Start Paying Attention to This Hedge Fund

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - April 4, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, LVLT, RFP

    It always seems like the Buffetts and Einhorns of the hedge fund world capture the lion's share of media attention. However, there is an abundance of high-quality fund managers on Insider Monkey’s radar screen. One such manager is Michael Johnston of Steelhead Partners. Johnston's $1.3 billion fund primarily divides its holdings between the technology and basic materials sectors.

    His equity portfolio isn’t gigantic by any more »

  • It’s Time You Should Start Paying Attention to This Hedge Fund

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - April 3, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, LVLT, RFP

    It always seems like the Buffetts and Einhorns of the hedge fund world capture the lion's share of media attention. However, there is an abundance of high-quality fund managers on Insider Monkey’s radar screen. One such manager is Michael Johnston of Steelhead Partners. Johnston's $1.3 billion fund primarily divides its holdings between the technology and basic materials sectors.

    His equity portfolio isn’t gigantic by any more »

  • Should We Pay Attention To A Recent CEO Buy At Akamai?

    By Anh HOANG - March 19, 2013 | Tickers: AKAM, LVLT, LLNW

    Recently, Dr. Tom Leighton, the CEO of Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM), bought 30,000 shares of the company for around $34.75 per share, with a total transaction value of more than $1 million. At the beginning of February, he spent nearly $1.76 million to purchase 50,000 shares of the company. In the past twelve months, Akamai’s stock price has experienced a decline of more than 7 more »

  • Time To Buy Akamai?

    By Marshall Hargrave - February 21, 2013 | Tickers: AKAM, INXN, LVLT, LLNW, RAX

    The content delivery company Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM) was down over 13% after its fourth quarter earnings announcement. Could this be a good time for investors to jump into the stock? I believe the company is at least worth considering.

    Although the stock was down, revenue was up 16% for the quarter on a year-over-year basis, and EPS beat consensus estimates. Akamai posted EPS of $0.54, compared to expectations more »

  • Three Post-Earning Reactions Presenting Value

    By Brian Nichols - February 13, 2013 | Tickers: AVP, LVLT, SPR

    Earnings and earning-related news is the number one catalyst for stock movement. A strong quarter can dictate the direction of a stock for the following three months as can a bad quarter; in the past I have written in detail about such subjects, a domino effect reaction following a strong or bad quarter. However, sometimes the market gets it wrong, and stocks trend incorrectly. Therefore, I am looking at three more »

  • This Cloud Infrastructure Stock Misses Revenue Expectations

    By Muhammad Bazil - February 12, 2013 | Tickers: AKAM, LVLT, LLNW

    Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) recently witnessed a steep decline in its share price after the company announced the financial information for the fourth quarter of 2012. Despite showing growth in both revenue and net profit, the company’s share took a hit as the amount of revenue did not coincide with the analysts’ expectations. For the fourth quarter, Akamai reported a net income of $68.3 million which was more »

  • Noteworthy and Impactful Analyst Calls that all Fools Should Know

    By Brian Nichols - January 10, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, CTXS, HCSG, LVLT

    When an analyst makes a call on a stock it typically creates sizable gains or losses. Wednesday was no different, as analysts played a crucial role in the performance of several high-profile stocks. Therefore, I am looking at several of these stocks, the calls, and what it might mean.

    Company

    Ticker

    Firm

    Call

    Citrix Systems

    (NASDAQ: CTXS)

    Jefferies

    Buy

    Healthcare Services Group

    (NASDAQ: HCSG)

    Benchmark

    Buy

    Level 3 Communication

    (NYSE: LVLTmore »)

  • 3 Risk Factors Identified by Successful Short Sellers

    By Kyle Mowery - January 9, 2013 | Tickers: CSCO, DEXO, FB, GCI, GMCR, LVLT, MEG, NCR, CRM, SPMD, NYT, JOE, ZNGA

    To generate investing profits regardless of market direction, investors must be able to short effectively. Shorting successfully is challenging for many reasons. The best short sellers identify profitable short candidates by delineating one or more of three main risk factors: (1) Balance Sheet Risk (2) Valuation Risk and (3) Earnings Risk.

     Balance Sheet Risk

    Balance sheet risk can manifest itself in two ways. (1) A company’s assets could be more »

  • Just Say Yes to This 12% Dividend Yield

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - December 31, 2012 | Tickers: CTL, LVLT, TWTC, WIN

    Windstream Corporation (NASDAQ: WIN) has a very high dividend – yielding close to 12% – that scares a number of investors, which has only exacerbated the telecom’s downside. The stock has lost close to 30% year to date. Despite the company’s 400% payout ratio on an earnings basis, the annual dividend payout is only $588 million, where the company expects to generate upwards of $950 million in free cash flow more »

  • Four Stocks That “Could” Double in 2013

    By Brian Nichols - December 29, 2012 | Tickers: LVLT, MLNX, SODA

    The market has traded flat for the last five years. Therefore, to find an investment that doubles in a year’s time is quite an accomplishment. This can be done with stocks in every industry, in all ranges of valuation.  In this piece I am looking at four stocks that “could” double. And I am looking at exactly what these companies must do in order to achieve this feat; it more »

  • This Stock Is on the Free Fall and Insiders Are Selling

    By Shobha Narasimha - December 8, 2012 | Tickers: IQNT, LVLT

    In less than  three weeks, Inteliquent (NASDAQ: IQNT) has lost more than 72% of its market value and now its market cap is less than the cash the company holds on its balance sheet.  To top this, the company has no debt. Before you race to buy this stock, let us take a closer look at this company.

    Inteliquent maintains an IP network which delivers voice, data and video. It more »

  • 2 Communication Stocks to Avoid, 1 to Buy

    By David Gould - November 26, 2012 | Tickers: CTL, LVLT, WIN

    On Nov. 16, Goldman Sachs downgraded Frontier to a "sell." According to the sell-side analyst, Frontier's cost structure is eroding under the pressure of lower-margin services. This has been the general trend in the telecom and communication services industry. Under such an environment, are those large dividend yields worth the risk of shareholder depreciation? Below, I review three stocks with this question in mind.

    Wind Not Siding With Windstream more »

  • Why I Am Bearish On Level 3, Windstream

    By David Gould - September 5, 2012 | Tickers: LVLT, WIN

    With demand for data continuing to grow at breathtaking rate, it should not be surprising that many Internet and communications businesses are trading at high multiples. Ultimately, however, growth is still uncertain against expectations with the economy in limbo. I thus recommend holding out from investments in both Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT) and Windstream (NASDAQ: WIN). Below, I review the fundamentals of both companies.

    Level 3

    At a 53x more »

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