Media stories about United Rentals (NYSE:URI) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, Accern reports. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by reviewing 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 nearest to one being the most favorable. United Rentals earned a daily sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the construction company an impact score of 46.5651891709292 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

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

Shares of United Rentals (NYSE:URI) opened at 111.62 on Friday. United Rentals has a 52 week low of $70.58 and a 52 week high of $134.28. The company has a market capitalization of $9.44 billion, a PE ratio of 16.21 and a beta of 2.43. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $114.89 and a 200 day moving average price of $117.35.

United Rentals (NYSE:URI) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 19th. The construction company reported $2.37 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.28 by $0.09. The company had revenue of $1.60 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.55 billion. United Rentals had a net margin of 9.86% and a return on equity of 46.01%. United Rentals’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned $2.06 EPS. On average, equities research analysts expect that United Rentals will post $9.91 earnings per share for the current year.

URI has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Vetr raised United Rentals from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $125.52 price target on the stock in a research report on Friday, April 14th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “buy” rating and set a $150.00 price target on shares of United Rentals in a research report on Thursday, April 20th. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued an “overweight” rating and set a $144.00 price target (down previously from $156.00) on shares of United Rentals in a research report on Saturday, April 22nd. UBS Group AG reissued a “neutral” rating and set a $121.00 price target on shares of United Rentals in a research report on Sunday, April 23rd. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “hold” rating and set a $120.00 price target (down previously from $131.00) on shares of United Rentals in a research report on Sunday, April 23rd. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating, thirteen have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. United Rentals currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $124.50.

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In related news, insider Michael Kneeland sold 30,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, July 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $120.77, for a total value of $3,623,100.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 302,292 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $36,507,804.84. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. 1.20% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

United Rentals Company Profile

United Rentals, Inc is a holding company. The Company is an equipment rental company, which operates throughout the United States and Canada. It operates through two segments: general rentals, and trench, power and pump. The general rentals segment includes the rental of construction, aerial, industrial and homeowner equipment and related services and activities.

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