Rational Advisors LLC Increases Position in United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:UPS)

Rational Advisors LLC boosted its holdings in shares of United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:UPSGet Rating) by 126.4% in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 120 shares of the transportation company’s stock after acquiring an additional 67 shares during the period. Rational Advisors LLC’s holdings in United Parcel Service were worth $26,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in the company. DB Fitzpatrick & Co Inc purchased a new stake in United Parcel Service during the 4th quarter valued at about $28,000. Curi Wealth Management LLC acquired a new position in United Parcel Service in the 4th quarter valued at about $28,000. Steward Financial Group LLC acquired a new position in United Parcel Service in the 4th quarter valued at about $32,000. PSI Advisors LLC acquired a new position in United Parcel Service in the 3rd quarter valued at about $34,000. Finally, Bell Investment Advisors Inc acquired a new position in United Parcel Service in the 3rd quarter valued at about $34,000. 57.85% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

In related news, insider Laura J. Lane sold 6,988 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, February 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $208.28, for a total transaction of $1,455,460.64. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider Philippe R. Gilbert sold 3,897 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $215.37, for a total transaction of $839,296.89. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.12% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Several research firms have weighed in on UPS. Wells Fargo & Company boosted their target price on shares of United Parcel Service from $245.00 to $270.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 2nd. Citigroup upped their price objective on shares of United Parcel Service from $250.00 to $275.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 2nd. Berenberg Bank set a $200.00 price objective on shares of United Parcel Service in a report on Tuesday, April 26th. Raymond James decreased their price objective on shares of United Parcel Service from $275.00 to $250.00 and set a “strong-buy” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, April 27th. Finally, Vertical Research upped their price objective on shares of United Parcel Service from $195.00 to $265.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 2nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, fifteen have issued a hold rating, twelve have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Based on data from MarketBeat, the company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $225.04.

Shares of NYSE UPS traded up $0.90 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $178.04. The company had a trading volume of 3,598,100 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,628,483. The company has a current ratio of 1.52, a quick ratio of 1.52 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.28. The firm has a 50 day simple moving average of $197.52 and a two-hundred day simple moving average of $205.72. The stock has a market cap of $154.96 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.53, a PEG ratio of 1.55 and a beta of 1.16. United Parcel Service, Inc. has a 52-week low of $173.19 and a 52-week high of $233.72.

United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPSGet Rating) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, April 26th. The transportation company reported $3.05 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.88 by $0.17. The firm had revenue of $24.40 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $23.80 billion. United Parcel Service had a net margin of 10.90% and a return on equity of 82.94%. The company’s revenue was up 6.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm posted $2.77 EPS. On average, equities analysts expect that United Parcel Service, Inc. will post 12.83 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 2nd. Investors of record on Monday, May 16th will be paid a dividend of $1.52 per share. This represents a $6.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.41%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, May 13th. United Parcel Service’s dividend payout ratio is currently 49.63%.

United Parcel Service Company Profile (Get Rating)

United Parcel Service, Inc provides letter and package delivery, transportation, logistics, and related services. It operates through two segments, U.S. Domestic Package and International Package. 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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