Media coverage about United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than six thousand blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. United Parcel Service earned a coverage optimism score of 1.08 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned media coverage about the transportation company an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, meaning that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted United Parcel Service’s ranking:

United Parcel Service stock opened at $108.04 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 6.43, a current ratio of 1.14 and a quick ratio of 1.14. United Parcel Service has a 52-week low of $101.45 and a 52-week high of $135.53. The firm has a market cap of $91.74 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.98, a P/E/G ratio of 1.60 and a beta of 1.15.

United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 24th. The transportation company reported $1.82 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $1.82. United Parcel Service had a return on equity of 307.54% and a net margin of 7.68%. The firm had revenue of $17.44 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $17.48 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $1.45 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.9% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts anticipate that United Parcel Service will post 7.23 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, December 5th. Stockholders of record on Monday, November 19th were issued a dividend of $0.91 per share. This represents a $3.64 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.37%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, November 16th. United Parcel Service’s payout ratio is presently 60.57%.

A number of research analysts recently commented on UPS shares. Citigroup cut their target price on United Parcel Service from $134.00 to $125.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, October 25th. UBS Group dropped their price objective on United Parcel Service from $137.00 to $136.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, October 25th. Goldman Sachs Group reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $147.00 price objective on shares of United Parcel Service in a research note on Wednesday, October 24th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded United Parcel Service from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $132.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Friday, October 12th. Finally, Berenberg Bank assumed coverage on United Parcel Service in a research note on Friday, September 21st. They set a “hold” rating and a $125.00 price objective for the company. They noted that the move was a valuation call. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have assigned a hold rating, six have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. United Parcel Service has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $125.33.

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United Parcel Service Company Profile

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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