News headlines about United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. Accern scores the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. United Parcel Service earned a news impact score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the transportation company an impact score of 45.5084223658023 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

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

Shares of United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) traded up 0.46% during trading on Wednesday, hitting $112.41. 1,888,701 shares of the company were exchanged. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $110.81 and its 200 day moving average price is $108.17. The firm has a market capitalization of $97.23 billion, a PE ratio of 27.64 and a beta of 0.88. United Parcel Service has a 12 month low of $102.12 and a 12 month high of $120.44.

United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The transportation company reported $1.58 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.46 by $0.12. The company had revenue of $15.75 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $15.49 billion. United Parcel Service had a net margin of 5.68% and a return on equity of 417.18%. The firm’s revenue was up 7.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $1.43 EPS. On average, equities research analysts expect that United Parcel Service will post $6.01 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, August 30th. Investors of record on Monday, August 14th will be issued a $0.83 dividend. This represents a $3.32 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.95%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, August 10th. United Parcel Service’s payout ratio is presently 81.57%.

A number of analysts have commented on UPS shares. TheStreet raised shares of United Parcel Service from a “c” rating to a “b” rating in a report on Thursday, July 27th. Citigroup Inc. raised shares of United Parcel Service from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their target price for the company from $115.00 to $128.00 in a report on Tuesday. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of United Parcel Service from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, May 1st. Cowen and Company reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of United Parcel Service in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of United Parcel Service from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, June 28th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $114.79.

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In related news, insider James J. Barber sold 3,556 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, July 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $110.85, for a total value of $394,182.60. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, SVP Kathleen M. Gutmann sold 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, June 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $107.49, for a total transaction of $214,980.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.59% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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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