Media stories about United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. United Parcel Service earned a news sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the transportation company an impact score of 46.6965576353066 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.
These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- What It Would Take for Amazon to Become UPS or FedEx (wsj.com)
- [$$] What It Would Take Amazon to Become UPS or FedEx (finance.yahoo.com)
- UPS, FedEx Decline on Report of Amazon Package-Delivery Venture (bloomberg.com)
- Shares of UPS, FedEx fall after report Amazon to launch delivery service (reuters.com)
- Amazon said to be readying delivery service; UPS, FedEx fall (khou.com)
Shares of United Parcel Service (NYSE UPS) traded down $2.89 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $106.39. The company had a trading volume of 11,172,074 shares, compared to its average volume of 5,090,000. The company has a current ratio of 1.22, a quick ratio of 1.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 19.69. The firm has a market cap of $91,680.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.96, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.59 and a beta of 0.91. United Parcel Service has a twelve month low of $102.12 and a twelve month high of $135.53.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, March 7th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, February 20th will be given a dividend of $0.91 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, February 16th. This represents a $3.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.42%. This is an increase from United Parcel Service’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.83. United Parcel Service’s payout ratio is presently 59.18%.
A number of research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Morgan Stanley raised their price objective on United Parcel Service from $79.00 to $90.00 and gave the company an “underweight” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. BMO Capital Markets raised their price objective on United Parcel Service to $130.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Zacks Investment Research raised United Parcel Service from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $150.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $137.00 target price on shares of United Parcel Service in a report on Wednesday, January 17th. Finally, Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $130.00 target price on shares of United Parcel Service in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating, seven have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $126.47.
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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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