United Parcel Service (UPS) Receiving Positive Press Coverage, Analysis Shows

News coverage about United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) has been trending positive recently, InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than 6,000 news and blog sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. United Parcel Service earned a media sentiment score of 2.38 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news headlines about the transportation company an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, indicating that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected United Parcel Service’s ranking:

Shares of United Parcel Service stock traded up $1.68 during trading hours on Tuesday, reaching $109.40. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 3,578,263 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,450,542. United Parcel Service has a one year low of $101.45 and a one year high of $135.53. The company has a quick ratio of 1.14, a current ratio of 1.14 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 6.43. The company has a market cap of $94.09 billion, a PE ratio of 18.20, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.64 and a beta of 1.14.

United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, October 24th. The transportation company reported $1.82 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.82. United Parcel Service had a net margin of 7.68% and a return on equity of 307.54%. The firm had revenue of $17.44 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $17.48 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.45 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 7.9% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, sell-side analysts expect that United Parcel Service will post 7.23 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 5th. Stockholders of record on Monday, November 19th will be issued a $0.91 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, November 16th. This represents a $3.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.33%. United Parcel Service’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 60.57%.

Several analysts have commented on UPS shares. UBS Group upgraded shares of United Parcel Service from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $125.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Monday, July 16th. Goldman Sachs Group set a $139.00 price target on shares of United Parcel Service and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 25th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of United Parcel Service from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $126.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, July 24th. Citigroup decreased their price target on shares of United Parcel Service from $134.00 to $125.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, October 25th. Finally, Cowen reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $128.00 price target on shares of United Parcel Service in a research note on Thursday, July 26th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have issued a hold rating, six have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. United Parcel Service presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $125.66.

In other news, insider George Willis sold 4,312 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $121.34, for a total value of $523,218.08. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, COO James J. Barber sold 2,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $121.94, for a total transaction of $304,850.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.56% of the company’s stock.

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United Parcel Service Company Profile

United Parcel Service, Inc provides letter and package delivery, specialized transportation, logistics, and financial services. It operates through three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain & Freight. The U.S. Domestic Package segment offers time-definite delivery of letters, documents, small packages, and palletized freight through air and ground services in the United States.

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