News stories about Universal Logistics (NASDAQ:ULH) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Universal Logistics earned a media sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the transportation company an impact score of 46.2267332616575 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

ULH has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Universal Logistics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 2nd. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Universal Logistics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 31st. Stifel Nicolaus initiated coverage on shares of Universal Logistics in a research note on Tuesday, June 19th. They set a “hold” rating and a $27.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, Citigroup raised their price objective on shares of Universal Logistics from $26.00 to $33.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, July 30th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $30.33.

Shares of NASDAQ ULH traded up $0.65 during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $36.15. 17,719 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 56,240. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.01 billion, a PE ratio of 49.52 and a beta of 1.46. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.14, a current ratio of 1.14 and a quick ratio of 1.14. Universal Logistics has a fifty-two week low of $14.05 and a fifty-two week high of $36.30.

Universal Logistics (NASDAQ:ULH) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 26th. The transportation company reported $0.62 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.38 by $0.24. The company had revenue of $365.93 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $316.60 million. Universal Logistics had a return on equity of 24.39% and a net margin of 3.70%. sell-side analysts anticipate that Universal Logistics will post 1.88 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, August 16th. Shareholders of record on Monday, August 6th were issued a dividend of $0.105 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, August 3rd. This represents a $0.42 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.16%. Universal Logistics’s payout ratio is currently 57.53%.

In related news, Director H.E. Wolfe sold 10,065 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $35.25, for a total value of $354,791.25. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 25,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $881,250. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CEO Jeff Rogers sold 7,500 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $35.25, for a total value of $264,375.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 41,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,445,250. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 71.00% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Universal Logistics Company Profile

Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc provides transportation and logistics solutions in the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Colombia. It offers transportation services including dry van, flatbed, heavy haul, and refrigerated services; domestic and international freight forwarding and customs brokerage services; and final mile and ground expedite services.

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