Headlines about United Rentals (NYSE:URI) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. United Rentals earned a coverage optimism score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the construction company an impact score of 46.5506729694281 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.
These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:
- United Rentals, Inc. First Quarter 2018 Conference Call and Audio Webcast (finance.yahoo.com)
- United Rentals, Inc. (URI) Recent Movements of Stock (thestocksnews.com)
- Hot Stock’s Highlights – United Rentals Inc (NYSE: URI) (alphabetastock.com)
- Stock Technical’s & Performances to Explore – United Rentals Inc (NYSE: URI) (stocksmarketcap.com)
- Is Kentucky-born EPA chief Scott Pruitt long for his job? Trump weighs in. (kentucky.com)
A number of analysts recently issued reports on URI shares. Stifel Nicolaus increased their target price on shares of United Rentals from $171.00 to $205.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, January 26th. Morgan Stanley assumed coverage on shares of United Rentals in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. They set an “overweight” rating and a $194.00 target price for the company. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $194.00 price objective on shares of United Rentals in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. Buckingham Research reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $175.00 target price (up from $154.00) on shares of United Rentals in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut United Rentals from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, January 6th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating, eight have assigned a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the stock. United Rentals currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $180.18.
United Rentals (NYSE:URI) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 24th. The construction company reported $3.34 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.25 by $0.09. The company 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 business’s revenue was up 26.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $2.67 earnings per share. equities research analysts predict that United Rentals will post 15.29 earnings per share for the current year.
In other news, EVP Dale A. Asplund sold 1,229 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, March 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $188.13, for a total transaction of $231,211.77. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 16,116 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,031,903.08. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, SVP Jessica Graziano sold 3,405 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, January 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $185.00, for a total value of $629,925.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 100,448 shares of company stock valued at $18,659,953 over the last ninety days. 1.20% of the stock is owned by insiders.
About United Rentals
United Rentals, Inc, through its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental company. It operates in two segments, General Rentals; and Trench, Power, and Pump. The General Rentals segment engages in the rental of general construction and industrial equipment, such as backhoes, skid-steer loaders, forklifts, earthmoving equipment, and material handling equipment; aerial work platforms, such as boom lifts and scissor lifts; and general tools and light equipment comprising pressure washers, water pumps, and power tools.
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