Danger Zone: United States Cellular (USM)

Insider Selling

In the past 12 months there have been 8 open market buys and 21 open market sells, with 44,496 shares bought and 259,716 shares sold. Shares sold are 2% of shares outstanding not owned by Telephone and Data Systems (TDS), which owns 84% of all shares.

While this level of selling might not raise any eyebrows, investors should be on the lookout for any pickup in insider activity.

Short Interest

Short interest stands at 1.1 million shares, or 1.3% of all shares outstanding and 8.2% of float.

Avoid These Funds that allocate to USM

Investors should avoid the following mutual funds, as they allocate over 3% of their assets to USM and hold many other poor stocks:

First Trust Utilities AlphaDEX Fund (FXU): 4.1% allocation to USM and Very Dangerous rating.

iShares U.S. Telecommunications ETF (IYZ): 3.2% allocation to USM and Very Dangerous rating.

ProShares Ultra Telecommunications (LTL): 3.2% allocation to USM and Very Dangerous rating.

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Disclosure: David Trainer and André Rouillard receive no compensation to write about any specific stock, sector, or theme.

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