News coverage about United Continental Holdings (NYSE:UAL) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. United Continental Holdings earned a media sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the transportation company an impact score of 46.005496053135 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

United Continental Holdings (NYSE UAL) traded down 2.71% during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $65.24. 4,966,389 shares of the stock traded hands. The company has a market capitalization of $19.85 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.01 and a beta of 1.03. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $73.78 and its 200 day moving average price is $73.77. United Continental Holdings has a 52 week low of $46.53 and a 52 week high of $83.04.

United Continental Holdings (NYSE:UAL) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 18th. The transportation company reported $2.75 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.31 by $0.44. United Continental Holdings had a net margin of 6.09% and a return on equity of 29.46%. The company had revenue of $10 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $9.95 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $2.61 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 6.4% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts predict that United Continental Holdings will post $7.81 EPS for the current year.

Several brokerages have issued reports on UAL. BidaskClub upgraded shares of United Continental Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 12th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating on shares of United Continental Holdings in a research report on Wednesday, April 19th. Sanford C. Bernstein restated a “hold” rating on shares of United Continental Holdings in a research report on Monday. Raymond James Financial, Inc. restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $100.00 price target on shares of United Continental Holdings in a research report on Friday, July 14th. Finally, Vetr cut shares of United Continental Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating and set a $63.50 price target for the company. in a research report on Tuesday, May 2nd. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating, nine have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $85.16.

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In related news, EVP Gregory L. Hart sold 3,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, June 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $76.83, for a total transaction of $230,490.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 28,369 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,179,590.27. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Corporate insiders own 0.27% of the company’s stock.

About United Continental Holdings

United Continental Holdings, Inc (UAL) is a holding company and its principal subsidiary is United Air Lines, Inc (United). The Company transports people and cargo through its mainline operations. It has global air rights in North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. The Company, through United and its regional carriers, operates flights from its hubs at Newark Liberty International Airport (Newark Liberty), Chicago O’Hare International Airport (Chicago O’Hare), Denver International Airport (Denver), George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston Bush), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), A.B.

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