Equities analysts expect United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:UPS) to report $1.48 earnings per share (EPS) for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Seven analysts have provided estimates for United Parcel Service’s earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $1.70 and the lowest is $1.41. United Parcel Service reported earnings per share of $1.55 during the same quarter last year, which indicates a negative year-over-year growth rate of 4.5%. The business is scheduled to report its next quarterly earnings report on Thursday, April 25th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that United Parcel Service will report full-year earnings of $7.58 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $7.50 to $7.71. For the next fiscal year, analysts forecast that the business will report earnings of $8.16 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $7.35 to $8.40. Zacks’ EPS calculations are a mean average based on a survey of research analysts that cover United Parcel Service.

United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 31st. The transportation company reported $1.94 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.91 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $19.85 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $19.92 billion. United Parcel Service had a return on equity of 254.74% and a net margin of 6.67%. During the same period last year, the business posted $1.67 EPS.

UPS has been the topic of several analyst reports. Morgan Stanley dropped their target price on United Parcel Service from $92.00 to $87.00 and set a “sell” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, December 4th. Standpoint Research initiated coverage on United Parcel Service in a report on Wednesday, December 26th. They set a “buy” rating and a $89.89 target price on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded United Parcel Service from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, December 31st. Credit Suisse Group dropped their target price on United Parcel Service from $118.00 to $104.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, January 15th. Finally, Barclays reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $112.00 target price on shares of United Parcel Service in a report on Tuesday, January 29th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. United Parcel Service presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $123.41.

Shares of NYSE:UPS traded down $1.99 during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $106.86. 3,979,700 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,231,828. The company has a market cap of $94.82 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.76, a PEG ratio of 1.66 and a beta of 1.18. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 6.56, a quick ratio of 1.14 and a current ratio of 1.12. United Parcel Service has a 52-week low of $89.89 and a 52-week high of $125.09.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, March 12th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, February 26th will be issued a dividend of $0.96 per share. The ex-dividend date is Monday, February 25th. This is an increase from United Parcel Service’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.91. This represents a $3.84 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.59%. United Parcel Service’s payout ratio is currently 50.28%.

In other United Parcel Service news, CFO Richard N. Peretz sold 9,112 shares of United Parcel Service stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, February 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $111.18, for a total transaction of $1,013,072.16. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, SVP Teri P. Mcclure sold 5,000 shares of United Parcel Service stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $109.72, for a total value of $548,600.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.56% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its holdings in United Parcel Service by 1.4% during the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 52,189,390 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $6,093,112,000 after purchasing an additional 704,504 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc grew its position in shares of United Parcel Service by 1.4% in the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 52,189,390 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $6,093,112,000 after acquiring an additional 704,504 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. grew its position in shares of United Parcel Service by 3.6% in the 4th quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 43,989,061 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $4,290,253,000 after acquiring an additional 1,534,331 shares in the last quarter. FMR LLC grew its position in shares of United Parcel Service by 9.9% in the 4th quarter. FMR LLC now owns 12,254,495 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $1,195,181,000 after acquiring an additional 1,102,283 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Northern Trust Corp grew its position in shares of United Parcel Service by 1.4% in the 4th quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 8,849,935 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $863,135,000 after acquiring an additional 118,159 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 54.46% of the company’s stock.

About United Parcel Service

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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