News coverage about United Continental (NYSE:UAL) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. United Continental earned a news sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the transportation company an impact score of 46.6184766120159 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.
These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
NYSE UAL traded down $0.44 on Wednesday, reaching $68.51. The stock had a trading volume of 3,728,416 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,675,658. The firm has a market cap of $19,500.08, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.13 and a beta of 0.87. The company has a quick ratio of 0.52, a current ratio of 0.58 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.58. United Continental has a 12-month low of $56.51 and a 12-month high of $83.04.
United Continental (NYSE:UAL) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, April 17th. The transportation company reported $0.50 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.07 by $0.43. The company had revenue of $9.03 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $9.01 billion. United Continental had a return on equity of 23.63% and a net margin of 5.69%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 7.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.31 earnings per share. analysts anticipate that United Continental will post 8.02 EPS for the current fiscal year.
UAL has been the topic of several analyst reports. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $130.00 price target (up previously from $100.00) on shares of United Continental in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Citigroup raised shares of United Continental from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $76.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Imperial Capital reaffirmed an “in-line” rating and set a $74.00 price target (up previously from $64.00) on shares of United Continental in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. Morgan Stanley lifted their price target on shares of United Continental from $68.00 to $71.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. Finally, Buckingham Research lifted their price target on shares of United Continental from $83.00 to $88.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating, nine have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. United Continental currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $84.76.
In other United Continental news, Director Edward Shapiro purchased 25,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 15th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $70.65 per share, for a total transaction of $1,766,250.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 37,707 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,663,999.55. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, COO Gregory L. Hart sold 4,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, April 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $70.62, for a total transaction of $282,480.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief operating officer now owns 24,279 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,714,582.98. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.27% of the stock is owned by insiders.
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About United Continental
United Continental Holdings, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides air transportation services in North America, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. It transports people and cargo through its mainline and regional operations. As of December 31, 2017, the company operated a fleet of 1,262 aircraft.
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