Press coverage about Universal (NYSE:UVV) has been trending positive on Tuesday, Accern reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. 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 earned a media sentiment score of 0.27 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the company an impact score of 45.385793548836 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Universal (UVV) opened at $51.65 on Tuesday. Universal has a 1-year low of $50.80 and a 1-year high of $83.35. The firm has a market cap of $1,297.16, a P/E ratio of 35.87 and a beta of 1.38. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.28, a current ratio of 5.60 and a quick ratio of 2.18.

Universal (NYSE:UVV) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 7th. The company reported $1.02 earnings per share for the quarter. Universal had a net margin of 5.56% and a return on equity of 14.16%. The company had revenue of $488.25 million during the quarter.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, February 5th. Investors of record on Monday, January 8th will be issued a $0.55 dividend. This is a positive change from Universal’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.54. This represents a $2.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.26%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, January 5th. Universal’s payout ratio is presently 152.78%.

Universal declared that its Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase program on Tuesday, November 7th that permits the company to repurchase $100.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization permits the company to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are often an indication that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

In other Universal news, Director Robert C. Sledd sold 1,755 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, December 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.26, for a total transaction of $96,981.30. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director John B. Adams, Jr. sold 848 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.50, for a total transaction of $44,520.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.30% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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About Universal

Universal Corporation is a leaf tobacco supplier. The Company is engaged in procuring, financing, processing, packing, storing and shipping leaf tobacco for sale to manufacturers of consumer tobacco products. The Company’s segments include North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Dark Air-Cured, Oriental and Special Services.

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