Our top pick for
Finder is committed to editorial independence. While we receive compensation when you click links to partners, they do not influence our opinions or reviews. Learn how we make money.
United Parcel Service, Inc is an integrated freight & logistics business based in the US. United Parcel Service shares (UPS) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. United Parcel Service employs 260,280 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$77.4 billion.
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, United Parcel Service's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was USD$166.12, which is 38.03% up on its pre-crash value of USD$102.94 and 102.59% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$82.
If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of United Parcel Service shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$900.62 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,627.98.
|Latest market close||USD$166.12|
|52-week range||USD$82 - USD$166.2|
|50-day moving average||USD$159.5834|
|200-day moving average||USD$118.0571|
|Wall St. target price||USD$151.87|
|Dividend yield||USD$4.04 (2.52%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||USD$5.03|
The value of any investment can go up or down depending on news, trends and market conditions. We are not investment advisers, so do your own due diligence to understand the risks before you invest.
The technical analysis gauge below displays real-time ratings for the timeframes you select. This is not a recommendation, however. It represents a technical analysis based on the most popular technical indicators: Moving Averages, Oscillators and Pivots. Finder might not concur and takes no responsibility.
This chart is not advice or a guarantee of success. Rather, it gauges the real-time recommendations of three popular technical indicators: moving averages, oscillators and pivots. Finder is not responsible for how your stock performs.
|1 week (2020-09-22)||2.61%|
|1 month (2020-08-28)||2.32%|
|3 months (2020-06-29)||51.74%|
|6 months (2020-03-27)||70.34%|
|1 year (2019-09-27)||39.66%|
|2 years (2018-09-28)||42.29%|
|3 years (2017-09-29)||38.33%|
|5 years (2015-09-29)||69.27%|
Valuing United Parcel Service stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of United Parcel Service's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
United Parcel Service's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 32x. In other words, United Parcel Service shares trade at around 32x recent earnings.
That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.
United Parcel Service's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.3902. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into United Parcel Service's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
United Parcel Service's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$8.2 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a United Parcel Service's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||USD$77.4 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||7.28%|
|Gross profit TTM||USD$13.6 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||6.13%|
|Return on equity TTM||99.49%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$138.5 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 8.6 million United Parcel Service shares held short by investors – that's known as United Parcel Service's "short interest". This figure is 39% down from 14.1 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting United Parcel Service shares can be evaluated.
United Parcel Service's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of United Parcel Service shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of United Parcel Service shares traded daily (recently around 3.2 million). United Parcel Service's SIR currently stands at 2.72. In other words for every 100,000 United Parcel Service shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2720 shares are currently held short.
However United Parcel Service's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of United Parcel Service shares, or, against the total number of tradable United Parcel Service shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case United Parcel Service's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 United Parcel Service shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0122% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable United Parcel Service shares, roughly 12 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against United Parcel Service.
Find out more about how you can short United Parcel Service stock.
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like United Parcel Service.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Total ESG risk: 23.34
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and United Parcel Service's overall score of 23.34 (as at 08/01/2020) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 29th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like United Parcel Service is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Environmental score: 8.62/100
United Parcel Service's environmental score of 8.62 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that United Parcel Service is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Social score: 12.03/100
United Parcel Service's social score of 12.03 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that United Parcel Service is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Governance score: 9.2/100
United Parcel Service's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that United Parcel Service is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. United Parcel Service scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that United Parcel Service hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.
|Total ESG score||23.34|
|Total ESG percentile||28.66|
|Environmental score percentile||4|
|Social score percentile||4|
|Governance score percentile||4|
|Level of controversy||3|
Dividend payout ratio: 78.33% of net profits
Recently United Parcel Service has paid out, on average, around 78.33% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.52% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), United Parcel Service shareholders could enjoy a 2.52% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In United Parcel Service's case, that would currently equate to about $4.04 per share.
United Parcel Service's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.
United Parcel Service's most recent dividend payout was on 9 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 21 August 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Over the last 12 months, United Parcel Service's shares have ranged in value from as little as $82 up to $166.2. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while United Parcel Service's is 0.9989. This would suggest that United Parcel Service's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
United Parcel Service, Inc. provides letter and package delivery, specialized transportation, logistics, and financial services. It operates through three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain & Freight. The U.S. Domestic Package segment offers time-definite delivery of letters, documents, small packages, and palletized freight through air and ground services in the United States. The International Package segment provides guaranteed day and time-definite international shipping services in Europe, the Asia Pacific, Canada and Latin America, the Indian sub-continent, the Middle East, and Africa. This segment offers guaranteed time-definite express options, including Express Plus, Express, and Express Saver. The Supply Chain & Freight segment provides international air and ocean freight forwarding, customs brokerage, distribution and post-sales, and mail and consulting services in approximately 220 countries and territories; and less-than-truckload and truckload services to customers in North America. This segment also offers truckload brokerage services; supply chain solutions to the healthcare and life sciences industry; shipping, visibility, and billing technologies; and financial, insurance, and payment services. The company operates a fleet of approximately 125,000 package cars, vans, tractors, and motorcycles; and owns 52,000 containers that are used to transport cargo in its aircraft. United Parcel Service, Inc. was founded in 1907 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
finder.com is an independent comparison platform and information service that aims to provide you with the tools you need to make better decisions. While we are independent, the offers that appear on this site are from companies from which finder.com receives compensation. We may receive compensation from our partners for placement of their products or services. We may also receive compensation if you click on certain links posted on our site. While compensation arrangements may affect the order, position or placement of product information, it doesn't influence our assessment of those products. Please don't interpret the order in which products appear on our Site as any endorsement or recommendation from us. finder.com compares a wide range of products, providers and services but we don't provide information on all available products, providers or services. Please appreciate that there may be other options available to you than the products, providers or services covered by our service.