Somewhat Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact UGI (NYSE:UGI) Stock Price

Headlines about UGI (NYSE:UGI) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. UGI earned a news impact score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.849806511425 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

Shares of NYSE:UGI opened at $55.33 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 1.15, a quick ratio of 0.99 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.97. The stock has a market capitalization of $9.47 billion, a P/E ratio of 24.16, a P/E/G ratio of 2.46 and a beta of 0.49. UGI has a fifty-two week low of $42.51 and a fifty-two week high of $55.94.

UGI (NYSE:UGI) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 1st. The utilities provider reported $0.09 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.13 by ($0.04). The company had revenue of $1.44 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.31 billion. UGI had a return on equity of 11.89% and a net margin of 11.09%. UGI’s quarterly revenue was up 24.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.09 earnings per share. analysts expect that UGI will post 2.77 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 1st. Investors of record on Friday, September 14th will be issued a $0.26 dividend. This represents a $1.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.88%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 13th. UGI’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 45.41%.

Several analysts have recently issued reports on UGI shares. Bank of America lowered shares of UGI from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $53.00 target price for the company. in a research note on Tuesday, June 5th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. ValuEngine lowered shares of UGI from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 6th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of UGI from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, July 7th. Barclays upped their target price on shares of UGI from $47.00 to $50.00 and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 11th. Finally, Jefferies Financial Group reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $54.00 target price on shares of UGI in a research note on Friday, August 17th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $51.60.

In related news, insider Joseph L. Hartz sold 18,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.51, for a total value of $999,180.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 2.36% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

About UGI

UGI Corporation distributes, stores, transports, and markets energy products and related services in the United States and internationally. It distributes propane to approximately 1.9 million residential, commercial/industrial, motor fuel, agricultural, and wholesale customers in 50 states through 1,900 propane distribution locations; and sells, installs, and services propane appliances, including heating systems.

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