Media coverage about United Continental (NYSE:UAL) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. United Continental earned a news sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the transportation company an impact score of 46.1463696218678 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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

A number of brokerages have commented on UAL. Imperial Capital lifted their target price on United Continental from $64.00 to $74.00 and gave the company a “line” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. Citigroup upgraded United Continental from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $76.00 target price for the company in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and issued a $130.00 target price (up from $100.00) on shares of United Continental in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Buckingham Research upgraded United Continental from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their target price for the company from $65.00 to $81.00 in a research note on Tuesday, December 19th. Finally, Standpoint Research upgraded United Continental from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, December 18th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating, eight have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $81.69.

United Continental (UAL) traded up $0.37 on Monday, hitting $76.87. The stock had a trading volume of 3,009,505 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,285,507. The company has a market capitalization of $22,770.00, a PE ratio of 11.12 and a beta of 1.05. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.37, a quick ratio of 0.53 and a current ratio of 0.60. United Continental has a 52 week low of $56.51 and a 52 week high of $83.04.

United Continental announced that its board has authorized a share buyback plan on Thursday, December 7th that allows the company to buyback $3.00 billion in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization allows the transportation company to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are usually an indication that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

In other United Continental news, Director Robert A. Milton purchased 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, October 24th. The shares were bought at an average price of $58.60 per share, with a total value of $58,600.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 6,176 shares in the company, valued at approximately $361,913.60. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Insiders own 0.27% of the company’s stock.

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United Continental Company Profile

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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