News stories about United Continental Holdings (NYSE:UAL) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. United Continental Holdings earned a news sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the transportation company an impact score of 46.0078103552132 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Several research analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. BidaskClub raised shares of United Continental Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 12th. Barclays PLC reissued a “buy” rating and set a $90.00 price objective on shares of United Continental Holdings in a report on Thursday, September 14th. Sanford C. Bernstein reissued a “hold” rating on shares of United Continental Holdings in a report on Monday, August 7th. Raymond James Financial, Inc. reissued a “market perform” rating on shares of United Continental Holdings in a report on Wednesday, September 20th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of United Continental Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 20th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating, seven have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. United Continental Holdings currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $82.55.

United Continental Holdings (UAL) opened at 65.25 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $19.85 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.02 and a beta of 1.05. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $61.40 and a 200-day moving average of $70.64. United Continental Holdings has a 52-week low of $51.34 and a 52-week high of $83.04.

United Continental Holdings (NYSE:UAL) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 18th. The transportation company reported $2.75 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.31 by $0.44. United Continental Holdings had a net margin of 6.09% and a return on equity of 29.46%. The firm had revenue of $10 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.95 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $2.61 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.4% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts expect that United Continental Holdings will post $6.37 EPS for the current year.

In related news, Director Edward Shapiro purchased 15,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, September 15th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $59.87 per share, with a total value of $898,050.00. Following the purchase, the director now owns 27,707 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,658,818.09. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. 0.27% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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United Continental Holdings 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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