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U.S. Telecom Sector Analysis

UpdatedOct 01, 2022
DataAggregated Company Financials
  • 7D-2.8%
  • 3M-13.6%
  • 1Y-43.5%
  • YTD-41.4%

Over the last 7 days, the Telecom industry has dropped 2.8%, driven by a pullback from Alphabet of 3.1%. Overall the industry is down 43% in 12 months. Earnings are forecast to grow by 17% annually.

Sector Valuation and Performance

Has the U.S. Telecom Sector valuation changed over the past few years?

DateMarket CapRevenueEarningsPEAbsolute PEPS
Sat, 01 Oct 2022US$3.2tUS$1.5tUS$187.6b14x17.2x2.2x
Mon, 29 Aug 2022US$3.7tUS$1.5tUS$186.9b16.4x20x2.5x
Wed, 27 Jul 2022US$3.7tUS$1.4tUS$212.3b16.8x17.4x2.6x
Fri, 24 Jun 2022US$4.3tUS$1.5tUS$213.9b17.5x20.3x3x
Sun, 22 May 2022US$3.9tUS$1.5tUS$218.3b17.4x17.7x2.6x
Tue, 19 Apr 2022US$4.5tUS$1.4tUS$224.7b21.5x20x3.1x
Thu, 17 Mar 2022US$4.6tUS$1.4tUS$225.7b16.7x20.2x3.2x
Sat, 12 Feb 2022US$4.8tUS$1.4tUS$221.9b19.6x21.6x3.4x
Mon, 10 Jan 2022US$5.3tUS$1.4tUS$194.6b19.7x27.3x3.8x
Wed, 08 Dec 2021US$5.4tUS$1.4tUS$194.4b19.9x28x3.9x
Fri, 05 Nov 2021US$5.8tUS$1.4tUS$195.9b26x29.7x4.2x
Sun, 03 Oct 2021US$5.8tUS$1.3tUS$179.3b25.3x32.2x4.3x
Tue, 31 Aug 2021US$6.0tUS$1.3tUS$179.9b23.6x33.6x4.5x
Wed, 07 Jul 2021US$5.7tUS$1.3tUS$174.1b26.3x32.9x4.3x
Sat, 10 Apr 2021US$5.1tUS$1.3tUS$130.4b27.1x39.4x4.1x
Fri, 01 Jan 2021US$4.7tUS$1.2tUS$98.7b24.4x48x3.9x
Mon, 05 Oct 2020US$4.1tUS$1.2tUS$108.9b18.8x37.2x3.4x
Thu, 09 Jul 2020US$3.7tUS$1.2tUS$102.7b17.9x36x3.1x
Wed, 01 Apr 2020US$3.0tUS$1.2tUS$128.5b14.4x23.4x2.5x
Sat, 04 Jan 2020US$3.6tUS$1.2tUS$133.7b20.6x27.3x3x
Tue, 08 Oct 2019US$3.4tUS$1.2tUS$131.9b19.8x25.4x2.8x
Price to Earnings Ratio


Total Market Cap: US$3.4tTotal Earnings: US$131.9bTotal Revenue: US$1.2tTotal Market Cap vs Earnings and Revenue0%0%0%
U.S. Telecom Sector Price to Earnings3Y Average 31.3x202020212022
Current Industry PE
  • Investors are pessimistic on the American Communication Services industry, indicating that they anticipate long term growth rates will be lower than they have historically.
  • The industry is trading at a PE ratio of 17.2x which is lower than its 3-year average PE of 31.3x.
  • The 3-year average PS ratio of 3.5x is higher than the industry's current PS ratio of 2.2x.
Past Earnings Growth
  • The earnings for companies in the Communication Services industry have grown 12% per year over the last three years.
  • Revenues for these companies have grown 7.5% per year.
  • This means that more sales are being generated by these companies overall, and subsequently their profits are increasing too.

Industry Trends

Which industries have driven the changes within the U.S. Telecom sector?

US Market-2.48%
Wireless Telecom1.10%
Interactive Media and Services-2.87%
Telecom Services and Carriers-3.94%
Industry PE
  • Investors are most optimistic about the Entertainment industry even though it's trading below its 3-year average PE ratio of 692x.
    • Analysts are expecting annual earnings growth of 30.2%, which is higher than its past year's earnings decline of 5.9% per year.
  • Investors are most pessimistic about the Telecom Services and Carriers industry, which is trading below its 3-year average of 20.2x.
Forecasted Growth
  • Analysts are most optimistic on the Wireless Telecom industry, expecting annual earnings growth of 39% over the next 5 years.
  • This is better than its past earnings decline of 35% per year.
  • In contrast, the Telecom Services and Carriers industry is expected to see its earnings grow by 3.5% per year over the next few years.

Top Stock Gainers and Losers

Which companies have driven the market over the last 7 days?

CompanyLast Price7D1YValuation
NFLX NetflixUS$235.444.0%
TMUS T-Mobile USUS$134.171.4%
TWTR TwitterUS$43.845.4%
SE SeaUS$56.054.2%
ZI ZoomInfo TechnologiesUS$41.664.0%
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