Press coverage about Universal Corporation (NYSE:UVV) has been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, according to Accern. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Universal Corporation earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the company an impact score of 46.3271398662927 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
Shares of Universal Corporation (NYSE UVV) opened at 57.05 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $1.44 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 41.58 and a beta of 1.41. Universal Corporation has a 52 week low of $52.40 and a 52 week high of $83.35. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $62.99 and its 200 day moving average price is $68.27.
Universal Corporation (NYSE:UVV) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 3rd. The company reported $0.14 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter. The firm had revenue of $284.62 million during the quarter. Universal Corporation had a net margin of 5.60% and a return on equity of 14.36%. Equities research analysts anticipate that Universal Corporation will post $3.70 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, November 6th. Investors of record on Tuesday, October 10th will be issued a dividend of $0.54 per share. This represents a $2.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.79%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, October 6th. Universal Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is currently 163.64%.
A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on the company. TheStreet lowered Universal Corporation from an “a” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 23rd. BidaskClub lowered Universal Corporation from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Friday, June 23rd.
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In related news, CFO David C. Moore sold 6,335 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $66.61, for a total transaction of $421,974.35. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, VP Preston Douglas Wigner sold 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $65.75, for a total transaction of $65,750.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.30% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.
About Universal Corporation
Universal Corporation is a leaf tobacco supplier. The Company is engaged in procuring, financing, processing, packing, storing and shipping leaf tobacco for sale to manufacturers of consumer tobacco products. The Company’s segments include North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Dark Air-Cured, Oriental and Special Services.
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