Shares of United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE:URI) have received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the thirteen ratings firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $158.80.

A number of research analysts have recently weighed in on URI shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered United Rentals from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, January 11th. Standpoint Research lowered United Rentals from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 19th. Finally, Barclays started coverage on United Rentals in a research report on Friday, December 14th. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $130.00 price objective for the company.

Shares of United Rentals stock traded up $2.52 during trading on Friday, reaching $118.63. 67,825 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,314,720. The firm has a market cap of $9.41 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 7.29, a PEG ratio of 0.35 and a beta of 2.52. The company has a quick ratio of 0.78, a current ratio of 0.83 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.19. United Rentals has a 52-week low of $94.28 and a 52-week high of $190.30.

United Rentals (NYSE:URI) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 23rd. The construction company reported $4.85 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $4.77 by $0.08. The firm had revenue of $2.31 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.22 billion. United Rentals had a return on equity of 41.91% and a net margin of 13.62%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 20.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $3.34 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts expect that United Rentals will post 19.31 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, EVP Craig Adam Pintoff sold 4,566 shares of United Rentals stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $123.17, for a total value of $562,394.22. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 17,880 shares in the company, valued at $2,202,279.60. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, EVP Paul I. Mcdonnell sold 10,500 shares of United Rentals stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, March 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $125.59, for a total value of $1,318,695.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 22,285 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,798,773.15. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 64,347 shares of company stock valued at $8,276,837. 1.00% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in URI. Doyle Wealth Management bought a new stake in United Rentals in the fourth quarter worth about $28,000. CSat Investment Advisory L.P. lifted its stake in United Rentals by 160.7% in the fourth quarter. CSat Investment Advisory L.P. now owns 279 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $29,000 after purchasing an additional 172 shares during the last quarter. Rational Advisors LLC lifted its stake in United Rentals by 9,100.0% in the fourth quarter. Rational Advisors LLC now owns 368 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $38,000 after purchasing an additional 364 shares during the last quarter. Executive Wealth Management LLC bought a new stake in United Rentals in the fourth quarter worth about $42,000. Finally, Paradigm Asset Management Co. LLC bought a new stake in United Rentals in the third quarter worth about $49,000. Institutional investors own 85.37% of the company’s stock.

United Rentals Company Profile

United Rentals, Inc, through its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental company. It operates in two segments, General Rentals; and Trench, Power and Fluid Solutions. The General Rentals segment rents general construction and industrial equipment, including backhoes, skid-steer loaders, forklifts, earthmoving equipment, and material handling equipment; aerial work platforms, such as boom lifts and scissor lifts; and general tools and light equipment comprising pressure washers, water pumps, and power tools.

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