Media stories about Universal Forest Products (NASDAQ:UFPI) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Universal Forest Products earned a media sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the construction company an impact score of 46.6725024942446 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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UFPI has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Universal Forest Products from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 19th. BMO Capital Markets initiated coverage on shares of Universal Forest Products in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. They set a “market perform” rating and a $36.67 price objective for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, one has issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $39.17.

Universal Forest Products (NASDAQ UFPI) traded up $0.09 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $39.16. 337,479 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 365,858. The company has a market cap of $2,366.22, a P/E ratio of 21.77, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.07 and a beta of 1.84. Universal Forest Products has a one year low of $25.93 and a one year high of $39.57. The company has a quick ratio of 1.40, a current ratio of 2.62 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.15.

Universal Forest Products (NASDAQ:UFPI) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 17th. The construction company reported $0.55 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.52 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $1.06 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $984.99 million. Universal Forest Products had a net margin of 2.85% and a return on equity of 12.05%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 27.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.45 EPS. equities research analysts predict that Universal Forest Products will post 1.87 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 1st will be issued a dividend of $0.17 per share. This represents a dividend yield of 0.31%. This is an increase from Universal Forest Products’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.15. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 30th. Universal Forest Products’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 16.89%.

In other news, insider Patrick M. Webster sold 996 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $88.93, for a total transaction of $88,574.28. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 58,919 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,239,666.67. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Robert D. Coleman sold 4,100 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, October 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $111.41, for a total transaction of $456,781.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 1,680 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $187,168.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 12,096 shares of company stock valued at $1,284,305 over the last ninety days. 3.40% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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About Universal Forest Products

Universal Forest Products, Inc is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, supplies wood, wood composite and other products to three primary markets, such as retail, construction and industrial. Its segments include North, South, West, Alternative Materials, International, idX Holdings, Inc (idX) and Corporate divisions.

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