Press coverage about United Rentals (NYSE:URI) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. United Rentals earned a news sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the construction company an impact score of 46.5506729694281 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

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

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United Rentals (NYSE URI) traded down $1.83 on Wednesday, hitting $184.82. The stock had a trading volume of 889,614 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,490,000. The company has a quick ratio of 1.02, a current ratio of 1.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.81. United Rentals has a 52-week low of $100.62 and a 52-week high of $190.74. The stock has a market capitalization of $15,600.00, a PE ratio of 24.07, a PEG ratio of 0.66 and a beta of 2.53.

United Rentals (NYSE:URI) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, January 24th. The construction company reported $3.34 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $3.25 by $0.09. United Rentals had a return on equity of 40.20% and a net margin of 20.27%. The firm had revenue of $1.92 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.88 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $2.67 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 26.2% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts forecast that United Rentals will post 15.22 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several brokerages have weighed in on URI. ValuEngine upgraded United Rentals from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. Morgan Stanley began coverage on United Rentals in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. They issued an “overweight” rating and a $194.00 price objective for the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded United Rentals from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $213.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Thursday, February 1st. Buckingham Research boosted their price objective on United Rentals from $175.00 to $180.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, January 26th. Finally, UBS Group boosted their price objective on United Rentals from $150.00 to $196.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, January 26th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating, nine have assigned a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $180.18.

In related news, EVP Dale A. Asplund sold 11,439 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, January 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $185.13, for a total value of $2,117,702.07. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Dale A. Asplund sold 1,229 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $188.13, for a total value of $231,211.77. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 16,116 shares in the company, valued at $3,031,903.08. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 125,869 shares of company stock worth $22,797,475 over the last three months. Insiders own 1.20% of the company’s stock.

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United Rentals Company Profile

United Rentals, Inc is a holding company. The Company is an equipment rental company, which operates throughout the United States and Canada. It operates through two segments: general rentals, and trench, power and pump. The general rentals segment includes the rental of construction, aerial, industrial and homeowner equipment and related services and activities.

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