Media coverage about United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. United Technologies earned a daily sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the conglomerate an impact score of 45.8966886241658 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.
These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:
- Dow Industrials, S&P 500 Fall as Investors Assess U.S. Trade Policy (finance.yahoo.com)
- United Technologies Unit to Hone Aviation Talent in India (finance.yahoo.com)
- BRIEF-United Technologies Says CEO’s 2017 Total Compensation Was $15.8 Mln Vs $13.4 Mln In 2016 (feeds.reuters.com)
- [$$] United Technologies Doesn’t Need to Lose Weight (finance.yahoo.com)
United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) traded down $1.35 during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $130.15. 3,860,417 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 5,790,000. United Technologies has a 52-week low of $109.10 and a 52-week high of $139.24. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80, a current ratio of 1.35 and a quick ratio of 0.94. The stock has a market capitalization of $104,090.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.84, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.21 and a beta of 1.05.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Saturday, March 10th. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 16th were paid a dividend of $0.70 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, February 15th. This represents a $2.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.15%. United Technologies’s dividend payout ratio is currently 42.68%.
Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Barclays raised their target price on shares of United Technologies from $157.00 to $159.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Monday, February 26th. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $139.00 target price on shares of United Technologies in a research report on Friday, February 16th. Cowen reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $141.00 target price on shares of United Technologies in a research report on Sunday, February 11th. Argus raised shares of United Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, February 9th. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of United Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Nine investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $137.20.
In other news, VP Robert J. Bailey sold 419 shares of United Technologies stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $133.73, for a total transaction of $56,032.87. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, EVP Elizabeth B. Amato sold 4,341 shares of United Technologies stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $125.92, for a total transaction of $546,618.72. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 29,122 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,667,042.24. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 8,292 shares of company stock worth $1,064,829 in the last quarter. Insiders own 0.16% of the company’s stock.
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United Technologies Company Profile
United Technologies Corporation is engaged in providing high technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries around the world. The Company operates through four segments: Otis; UTC Climate, Controls & Security; Pratt & Whitney, and UTC Aerospace Systems. Otis operates as an elevator and escalator manufacturing, installation and service company.
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