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United Parcel Service, Inc (UPS) is a leading integrated freight & logistics business based in the US. It opened the day at $158.4 after a previous close of $160.1. During the day the price has varied from a low of $157.403 to a high of $160.45. The latest price was $158.99 (25 minute delay). United Parcel Service is listed on the NYSE and employs 260,280 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in United Parcel Service

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: UPS in this case.
  5. Research United Parcel Service shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your United Parcel Service shares. It's that simple.
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United Parcel Service share price

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United Parcel Service shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-01-22.
Open$158.4
High$160.45
Low$157.403
Close$158.99
Previous close$160.1
Change $-1.11
Change % -0.693%
Volume 2,800,097
Information last updated 2021-01-23.
52-week range$80.1408 - $176.9186
50-day moving average $165.8706
200-day moving average $158.4566
Wall St. target price$173.21
PE ratio 30.1574
Dividend yield $4.04 (2.54%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $5.272
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Fineco
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Fineco Bank is good for share traders and investors looking for a complete platform and wide offer. Capital at risk.
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0% commission on US shares, and £3 on UK shares
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£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
Portfolio transfer fees (in & out)
Degiro is widely seen as one of the best low-cost share brokers, for people who are looking to trade regularly. Capital at risk.
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From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
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Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
Any lump sum or £25 a month
£119.88
£7.99
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
Moneyfarm helps you meet your investment goals with fully-managed portfolios designed around you. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got everything you'll need, from beginners to experienced investors. Capital at risk.
Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
£0
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Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
0.12%
£8.00
Saxo Markets offers a wide access to a range of stocks, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
0.25%
£9.95
AJ Bell is a good all-rounder for people who to choose between shares, funds, ISAs and pensions. Capital at risk.
Fidelity stocks and shares ISA
£1000 or a regular savings plan from £50
0.35%
£10.00
Fidelity is another good all-rounder, offering a good package at a decent price. Not suited for trading shares. Capital at risk.
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
£100 or £20 a month
0.61%
N/A
Legal & General is a big financial services company which offers insurance, lifetime mortgage, pensions and stocks and shares ISAs. Capital at risk.
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Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
interactive investor is a flat-fee platform, which makes it cost effective for larger portfolios. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm Pension
£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
0.35%-0.75%
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
AJ Bell has two different pension options, a self managed pension and one that is managed for you. Capital at risk.
PensionBee Pension
No minimum
7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
Pension Bee is a newbie in the pension market. It helps consolidate your pension plans into one place. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Pension
£100 or £25 a month
2,500 funds
0-0.45%
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got three different retirement options. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets Pension
Saxo Markets Pension
£10
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
Penfold
Penfold
No minimum
4 portfolios
0.75-0.88%
Moneybox Pension
£1
3 funds
0.15% - 0.45% charged monthly
Manage your money with an easy-to-use Moneybox app. Capital at risk.
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Is it a good time to buy United Parcel Service stock?

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United Parcel Service price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $158.99

1 week (2021-01-19) 1.73%
1 month (2020-12-24) -7.67%
3 months (2020-10-26) -5.36%
6 months (2020-07-24) 34.34%
1 year (2020-01-24) 36.28%
2 years (2019-01-25) 57.68%
3 years (2018-01-26) 19.79%
5 years (2016-01-26) 74.85%

Is United Parcel Service under- or over-valued?

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 P/E ratio

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 30x. In other words, United Parcel Service shares trade at around 30x 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 PEG ratio

United Parcel Service's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.0109. 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

United Parcel Service's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $8.7 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a United Parcel Service's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

United Parcel Service financials

Revenue TTM $80.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 7.52%
Gross profit TTM $13.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.53%
Return on equity TTM 82%
Profit margin 5.71%
Book value $6.472
Market capitalisation $137.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell United Parcel Service shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "UPS.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 7.4 million United Parcel Service shares held short by investors – that's known as United Parcel Service's "short interest". This figure is 4.3% down from 7.7 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)

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 3.5 million). United Parcel Service's SIR currently stands at 2.09. In other words for every 100,000 United Parcel Service shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2090 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 0.0103% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable United Parcel Service shares, roughly 10 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.

United Parcel Service's environmental, social and governance track record

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.

United Parcel Service's total ESG risk score

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 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 28th 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.).

United Parcel Service's environmental score

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.

United Parcel Service's social score

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.

United Parcel Service's governance score

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.

United Parcel Service's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, 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.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

United Parcel Service, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 23.34
Total ESG percentile 28.42
Environmental score 8.62
Environmental score percentile 4
Social score 12.03
Social score percentile 4
Governance score 9.2
Governance score percentile 4
Level of controversy 3

United Parcel Service share dividends

53%

Dividend payout ratio: 52.67% of net profits

Recently United Parcel Service has paid out, on average, around 52.67% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.54% 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 2.54% 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 3 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 12 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

United Parcel Service share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, United Parcel Service's shares have ranged in value from as little as $80.1408 up to $176.9186. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

UPS.US volatility(beta: 0.98)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

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 0.9795. This would suggest that United Parcel Service's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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United Parcel Service overview

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.

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