United Parcel Service (UPS) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Study Finds

Press coverage about United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. United Parcel Service earned a news impact score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the transportation company an impact score of 46.9972972773706 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

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United Parcel Service stock traded down $2.79 on Friday, hitting $101.66. 4,235,657 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 4,467,617. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 19.69, a quick ratio of 1.22 and a current ratio of 1.22. The stock has a market capitalization of $87,591.58, a P/E ratio of 18.09, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.52 and a beta of 1.06. United Parcel Service has a one year low of $101.45 and a one year high of $135.53.

United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 1st. The transportation company reported $1.67 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.66 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $18.83 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $18.20 billion. United Parcel Service had a net margin of 7.45% and a return on equity of 477.77%. The firm’s revenue was up 11.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.63 earnings per share. research analysts predict that United Parcel Service will post 7.23 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, March 7th. Investors of record on Tuesday, February 20th were issued a $0.91 dividend. This is an increase from United Parcel Service’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.83. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, February 16th. This represents a $3.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.58%. United Parcel Service’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 64.77%.

A number of analysts have weighed in on UPS shares. Edward Jones upgraded shares of United Parcel Service from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 16th. Deutsche Bank reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $145.00 price target (up previously from $135.00) on shares of United Parcel Service in a report on Monday, January 8th. Knight Equity reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $135.00 price target (down previously from $145.00) on shares of United Parcel Service in a report on Monday, January 8th. Loop Capital raised shares of United Parcel Service from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their price target for the company from $105.61 to $128.00 in a report on Monday, February 26th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus raised shares of United Parcel Service from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and dropped their price target for the company from $127.00 to $121.00 in a report on Tuesday, March 6th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the stock. United Parcel Service presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $125.21.

In related news, SVP Teri P. Mcclure sold 4,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $106.80, for a total value of $480,600.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Company insiders own 0.59% of the company’s stock.

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United Parcel Service Company Profile

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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