UGI (NYSE:UGI) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Study Shows

News stories about UGI (NYSE:UGI) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. UGI earned a news sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.6258732433022 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

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

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NYSE:UGI traded down $0.36 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $44.25. The stock had a trading volume of 843,015 shares, compared to its average volume of 728,090. The stock has a market capitalization of $7,718.17, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.32, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.16 and a beta of 0.56. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.99, a current ratio of 0.98 and a quick ratio of 0.85. UGI has a 12 month low of $42.51 and a 12 month high of $52.00.

UGI (NYSE:UGI) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 31st. The utilities provider reported $1.01 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.93 by $0.08. The business had revenue of $2.15 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.87 billion. UGI had a net margin of 8.71% and a return on equity of 10.88%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 28.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.91 earnings per share. analysts anticipate that UGI will post 2.58 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Sunday, April 1st. Investors of record on Thursday, March 15th were paid a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, March 14th. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.26%. UGI’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 43.67%.

UGI has been the subject of several research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of UGI from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $53.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Saturday, January 13th. Bank of America reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of UGI in a report on Tuesday, February 27th. Citigroup lowered their target price on shares of UGI from $49.00 to $48.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, March 27th. Finally, Barclays reaffirmed a “sell” rating and set a $47.00 target price on shares of UGI in a report on Friday, February 2nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $47.50.

In other UGI news, CEO John L. Walsh sold 25,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, March 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.84, for a total transaction of $1,096,000.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 468,166 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $20,524,397.44. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider Roger Perreault bought 2,270 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, February 7th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $43.97 per share, for a total transaction of $99,811.90. Following the purchase, the insider now owns 21,049 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $925,524.53. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Company insiders own 2.36% of the company’s stock.

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About UGI

UGI Corporation is a holding company. The Company distributes, stores, transports and markets energy products and related services. It operates through six segments. The AmeriGas Propane segment consists of the propane distribution business of AmeriGas Partners, L.P. The UGI France segment consists of the French LPG distribution business of its subsidiaries, Antargaz, Finagaz and its liquefied petroleum gases (LPG) distribution businesses.

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