Media headlines about United Rentals (NYSE:URI) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. United Rentals earned a news impact score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the construction company an impact score of 46.6690751333313 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

United Rentals (URI) traded up $0.71 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $167.04. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,284,811 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,490,930. The company has a current ratio of 1.06, a quick ratio of 1.02 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.81. The company has a market capitalization of $14,010.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.64, a PEG ratio of 0.58 and a beta of 2.60. United Rentals has a 52-week low of $100.62 and a 52-week high of $189.00.

United Rentals (NYSE:URI) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, January 24th. The construction company reported $3.34 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $3.25 by $0.09. The firm had revenue of $1.92 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.88 billion. United Rentals had a return on equity of 40.20% and a net margin of 20.27%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 26.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $2.67 earnings per share. sell-side analysts expect that United Rentals will post 15.38 earnings per share for the current year.

United Rentals announced that its Board of Directors has approved a share repurchase plan on Wednesday, October 18th that permits the company to repurchase $373.00 million in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization permits the construction company to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are typically an indication that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

A number of equities research analysts recently commented on the company. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $171.00 price objective on shares of United Rentals in a research note on Thursday, December 14th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $194.00 price objective on shares of United Rentals in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. Bank of America lifted their price objective on United Rentals from $195.00 to $230.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Citigroup lifted their price objective on United Rentals from $165.00 to $170.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, October 20th. Finally, Oppenheimer reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of United Rentals in a report on Thursday, October 19th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating, seven have given a buy rating and three have issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $179.12.

In other news, insider Michael Kneeland sold 30,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, January 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $182.75, for a total value of $5,482,500.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, EVP Dale A. Asplund sold 11,439 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, January 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $185.13, for a total value of $2,117,702.07. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 79,212 shares of company stock worth $13,856,844. Corporate insiders own 1.20% of the company’s stock.

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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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