United Parcel Service (UPS) Getting Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Report Shows

News coverage about United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. United Parcel Service earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the transportation company an impact score of 46.1175474155339 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

A number of analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. UBS raised their price target on shares of United Parcel Service from $117.00 to $126.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, October 27th. Deutsche Bank raised shares of United Parcel Service from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their price target for the company from $125.00 to $135.00 in a report on Monday, December 4th. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $118.00 price target on shares of United Parcel Service in a report on Sunday, October 1st. Cowen raised their price target on shares of United Parcel Service from $115.00 to $124.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Monday, October 23rd. Finally, Loop Capital raised their price target on shares of United Parcel Service from $120.00 to $128.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 27th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $121.45.

Shares of United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) traded up $0.25 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $118.58. 3,377,700 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,734,905. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 9.33, a current ratio of 1.06 and a quick ratio of 1.06. United Parcel Service has a twelve month low of $102.12 and a twelve month high of $125.16. The stock has a market capitalization of $101,968.51, a P/E ratio of 19.79, a P/E/G ratio of 2.13 and a beta of 0.92.

United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The transportation company reported $1.45 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $1.45. United Parcel Service had a net margin of 5.58% and a return on equity of 551.29%. The business had revenue of $15.98 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $15.62 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $1.44 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.0% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts expect that United Parcel Service will post 6.01 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, November 29th. Shareholders of record on Monday, November 13th were issued a dividend of $0.83 per share. This represents a $3.32 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.80%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, November 10th. United Parcel Service’s dividend payout ratio is currently 81.37%.

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About United Parcel Service

United Parcel Service, Inc (UPS) is a package delivery company. The Company is a provider of global supply chain management solutions. The Company operates through three segments: U.S. Domestic Package operations, International Package operations, and Supply Chain & Freight operations. As of December 31, 2016, the Company delivered packages in over 220 countries and territories.

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