United Continental Holdings (UAL) Given News Impact Score of 0.22

News headlines about United Continental Holdings (NYSE:UAL) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. United Continental Holdings earned a news sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the transportation company an impact score of 45.8433668744967 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Evercore ISI upgraded United Continental Holdings from an “in-line” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $68.00 target price for the company in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Atlantic Securities restated a “neutral” rating and set a $100.00 target price (up from $58.87) on shares of United Continental Holdings in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. Wolfe Research lowered United Continental Holdings from an “outperform” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Morgan Stanley set a $68.00 target price on United Continental Holdings and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and set a $100.00 target price (down from $110.00) on shares of United Continental Holdings in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating, six have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $78.07.

Shares of United Continental Holdings (NYSE UAL) opened at 58.48 on Wednesday. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $61.90 and a 200 day moving average price of $69.87. The company has a market cap of $17.79 billion, a PE ratio of 8.08 and a beta of 1.05. United Continental Holdings has a 1-year low of $55.75 and a 1-year high of $83.04.

United Continental Holdings (NYSE:UAL) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 18th. The transportation company reported $2.22 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $2.12 by $0.10. United Continental Holdings had a return on equity of 25.26% and a net margin of 5.22%. The business had revenue of $9.88 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $9.87 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $3.11 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was down .4% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts anticipate that United Continental Holdings will post $6.31 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, Director Edward Shapiro bought 15,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 15th. The shares were bought at an average price of $59.87 per share, for a total transaction of $898,050.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly owns 27,707 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,658,818.09. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Robert A. Milton bought 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, October 24th. The stock was bought at an average price of $58.60 per share, for a total transaction of $58,600.00. Following the acquisition, the director now directly owns 6,176 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $361,913.60. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 0.27% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About United Continental Holdings

United Continental Holdings, Inc (UAL) is a holding company and its principal subsidiary is United Air Lines, Inc (United). The Company transports people and cargo through its mainline operations. It has global air rights in North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. The Company, through United and its regional carriers, operates flights from its hubs at Newark Liberty International Airport (Newark Liberty), Chicago O’Hare International Airport (Chicago O’Hare), Denver International Airport (Denver), George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston Bush), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), A.B.

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