NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 07/05/12 -- Despite concerns of a global economic slowdown the telecom sector has been one of the strongest performers in 2012, as investors have been attracted to the strong cash flows and high dividend yields of telecom companies. Year-to-date the S&P 500 is up 9.26 percent, while the telecom sector of the S&P 500 Index has seen a 14.78 percent gain. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the S&P 500 Index and provides equity research on CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T).
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Telecom companies have gained the reputation as safe havens as a majority of their revenues are generated from within the U.S. and less likely to be affected by the current European debt crisis. The S&P 500's telecom sector hit a four-year high on June 18 according to data from Bloomberg.
"What people really flock to in lousy markets is ... recession-resistant industries where they have stable cash flows and products and services that people absolutely cannot live without," said Barry Schwartz, vice-president at Baskin Financial Services Inc.
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CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States. The company provides broadband, voice, wireless and managed services to consumers and businesses across the country. CenturyLink offers a dividend yield of roughly 7.3 percent. Shares of the company are up over 6 percent in the last month.
AT&T offers an annual dividend of $1.76 per share for a yield of roughly 4.9 percent. The company's second-quarter 2012 financial results will be released Tuesday, July 24, 2012. For the first quarter of 2012, AT&T's consolidated revenues totaled $31.8 billion, up $575 million from the first quarter 2011.
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