Media coverage about Universal Corporation (NYSE:UVV) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. 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. Universal Corporation earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the company an impact score of 46.7069873830159 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.

Separately, BidaskClub upgraded shares of Universal Corporation from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, August 14th.

Universal Corporation (NYSE:UVV) traded up 0.09% during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $57.20. 506,426 shares of the stock traded hands. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $57.32 and a 200 day moving average of $64.83. The firm has a market cap of $1.45 billion, a PE ratio of 41.69 and a beta of 1.41. Universal Corporation has a 52-week low of $52.40 and a 52-week high of $83.35.

Universal Corporation (NYSE:UVV) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 3rd. The company reported $0.14 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter. Universal Corporation had a net margin of 5.60% and a return on equity of 14.36%. The firm had revenue of $284.62 million during the quarter. Equities analysts forecast that Universal Corporation will post $3.70 EPS for the current 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 $0.54 dividend. This represents a $2.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.78%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, October 6th. Universal Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is currently 163.64%.

In related news, insider James A. Huffman sold 3,107 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $58.35, for a total value of $181,293.45. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, Director John B. Adams, Jr. sold 611 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $58.45, for a total transaction of $35,712.95. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 2.30% of the company’s stock.

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Universal Corporation Company Profile

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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