North Star Investment Management Corp. increased its position in shares of United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:UPS – Get Rating) by 0.2% during the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 32,837 shares of the transportation company’s stock after purchasing an additional 67 shares during the period. North Star Investment Management Corp.’s holdings in United Parcel Service were worth $5,708,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Other large investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Coston McIsaac & Partners bought a new position in United Parcel Service during the second quarter worth $26,000. Worth Asset Management LLC bought a new stake in United Parcel Service in the first quarter valued at $27,000. MADDEN SECURITIES Corp bought a new stake in United Parcel Service in the fourth quarter valued at $29,000. Winch Advisory Services LLC lifted its stake in United Parcel Service by 334.1% in the second quarter. Winch Advisory Services LLC now owns 178 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $33,000 after buying an additional 137 shares during the last quarter. Finally, First Community Trust NA lifted its stake in United Parcel Service by 65.8% in the fourth quarter. First Community Trust NA now owns 199 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $35,000 after buying an additional 79 shares during the last quarter. 58.92% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.
Insider Buying and Selling
In related news, insider Norman M. Brothers, Jr. sold 20,724 shares of United Parcel Service stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $182.26, for a total value of $3,777,156.24. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. In other United Parcel Service news, insider Norman M. Brothers, Jr. sold 20,724 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $182.26, for a total transaction of $3,777,156.24. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Laura J. Lane sold 14,617 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $178.16, for a total value of $2,604,164.72. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 54,341 shares of company stock valued at $9,848,061. 0.12% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.
Wall Street Analysts Forecast Growth
United Parcel Service Price Performance
NYSE:UPS opened at $186.79 on Friday. The business’s 50-day moving average price is $183.09 and its 200 day moving average price is $178.30. The firm has a market cap of $160.40 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.15, a PEG ratio of 2.25 and a beta of 1.08. United Parcel Service, Inc. has a 52-week low of $154.87 and a 52-week high of $223.97. The company has a quick ratio of 1.22, a current ratio of 1.22 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.87.
United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS – Get Rating) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, January 31st. The transportation company reported $3.62 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.59 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $27 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $28.03 billion. United Parcel Service had a return on equity of 66.10% and a net margin of 11.51%. United Parcel Service’s revenue was down 2.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $3.59 EPS. As a group, sell-side analysts predict that United Parcel Service, Inc. will post 11.5 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
United Parcel Service announced that its Board of Directors has approved a share buyback program on Tuesday, January 31st that allows the company to buyback $5.00 billion in shares. This buyback authorization allows the transportation company to purchase up to 3% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are often a sign that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.
United Parcel Service Increases Dividend
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 10th. Investors of record on Tuesday, February 21st were paid a $1.62 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, February 17th. This represents a $6.48 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.47%. This is a boost from United Parcel Service’s previous quarterly dividend of $1.52. United Parcel Service’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 49.09%.
About United Parcel Service
United Parcel Service, Inc is a package delivery company, which engages in the provision of global supply chain management solutions. It operates through the following segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain Solutions. The U.S. Domestic Package segment includes time-definite delivery of letters, documents, and packages.
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