News articles about Universal (NYSE:UVV) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Universal earned a news impact score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the company an impact score of 47.121787694704 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

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

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

Shares of Universal (UVV) opened at $53.25 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 2.18, a current ratio of 5.60 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.28. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,339.85, a PE ratio of 12.24 and a beta of 1.39. Universal has a twelve month low of $52.05 and a twelve month high of $83.35.

Universal (NYSE:UVV) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The company reported $1.02 earnings per share for the quarter. The business had revenue of $488.25 million during the quarter. Universal had a return on equity of 14.16% and a net margin of 5.56%.

Universal announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a stock repurchase program on Tuesday, November 7th that allows the company to repurchase $100.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization allows the company to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are usually an indication that the company’s board believes its shares are undervalued.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, February 5th. Shareholders of record on Monday, January 8th will be issued a $0.55 dividend. This represents a $2.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.13%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, January 5th. This is an increase from Universal’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.54. Universal’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 150.00%.

In related news, Director John B. Adams, Jr. sold 848 shares of Universal stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.50, for a total transaction of $44,520.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. 2.30% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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Universal 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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