Will Sprint Head Higher Post-Earnings?

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With shares of Sprint (NYSE:S) trading around $8, is S an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:

T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement

Sprint offers wireless and landline communications products and services to individuals and businesses in the United States. Through its two segments, Wireless and Wireline, it offers voice and data transmission services to subscribers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands under the Sprint corporate brand, which includes its retail brands of Sprint, Nextel, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, and Assurance Wireless. An increasing share of the population is opting for these communications products and services, fueling profits for Sprint.

Sprint today reported operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, including consolidated operating income of $420 million, the company’s best performance in over seven years. Adjusted EBITDA of over $1.84 billion in the quarter grew 22 percent over the prior year period, and Adjusted EBITDA margin of 23.4 percent was the highest in almost six years. “In the quarter, operating revenue and Adjusted EBITDA both grew year-over-year even as investments in our network improvements continued,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. “With the expected mid-year completion of the rip and replacement of our core 3G and voice network, the ongoing roll-out of Sprint Spark, and the evolution of Sprint FramilySM, we plan to build the best customer experience in the industry.”

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