Traders bought shares of United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:UPS) on weakness during trading hours on Wednesday. $133.74 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $79.97 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $53.77 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, United Parcel Service had the 11th highest net in-flow for the day. United Parcel Service traded down ($1.76) for the day and closed at $100.92

Several research firms have commented on UPS. Morgan Stanley increased their target price on shares of United Parcel Service from $92.00 to $93.00 and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 9th. KeyCorp started coverage on United Parcel Service in a research report on Thursday, September 27th. They issued a “sector weight” rating on the stock. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Berenberg Bank reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $125.00 price target on shares of United Parcel Service in a research report on Wednesday, October 24th. Goldman Sachs Group set a $147.00 price target on United Parcel Service and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 30th. Finally, Standpoint Research started coverage on United Parcel Service in a research report on Wednesday, December 26th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $89.89 price target on the stock. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating, seven have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. United Parcel Service presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $123.05.

The stock has a market cap of $87.30 billion, a PE ratio of 16.79, a PEG ratio of 1.41 and a beta of 1.22. The company has a quick ratio of 1.14, a current ratio of 1.14 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 6.43.

United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 24th. The transportation company reported $1.82 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.82. The company had revenue of $17.44 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $17.48 billion. United Parcel Service had a return on equity of 307.54% and a net margin of 7.68%. The firm’s revenue was up 7.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business posted $1.45 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts predict that United Parcel Service, Inc. will post 7.22 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Ronna Sue Cohen grew its position in United Parcel Service by 34.9% during the third quarter. Ronna Sue Cohen now owns 27,783 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $3,244,000 after buying an additional 7,193 shares in the last quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans grew its position in United Parcel Service by 0.9% during the third quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans now owns 448,441 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $52,355,000 after buying an additional 4,002 shares in the last quarter. NN Investment Partners Holdings N.V. grew its position in United Parcel Service by 3.3% during the third quarter. NN Investment Partners Holdings N.V. now owns 119,531 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $13,954,000 after buying an additional 3,802 shares in the last quarter. Aviva PLC lifted its stake in United Parcel Service by 40.9% during the third quarter. Aviva PLC now owns 511,236 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $59,687,000 after purchasing an additional 148,470 shares during the period. Finally, First Bank & Trust lifted its stake in United Parcel Service by 26.3% during the third quarter. First Bank & Trust now owns 6,695 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $823,000 after purchasing an additional 1,395 shares during the period. 54.01% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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United Parcel Service Company Profile (NYSE:UPS)

United Parcel Service, Inc provides letter and package delivery, specialized transportation, logistics, and financial services. It operates through three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain & Freight. The U.S. Domestic Package segment offers time-definite delivery of letters, documents, small packages, and palletized freight through air and ground services in the United States.

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