Universal (UVV) Earns Daily News Sentiment Rating of 0.28

Media stories about Universal (NYSE:UVV) have trended positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Universal earned a coverage optimism score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the company an impact score of 45.8808734325208 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Universal (NYSE:UVV) opened at $50.05 on Thursday. Universal has a 1-year low of $45.95 and a 1-year high of $75.70. The stock has a market cap of $1,250.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of -42.42 and a beta of 1.20. The company has a current ratio of 6.15, a quick ratio of 2.78 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.27.

Universal declared that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock repurchase plan on Tuesday, November 7th that permits the company to buyback $100.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization permits the company to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are usually an indication that the company’s board believes its stock is undervalued.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, May 7th. Stockholders of record on Monday, April 9th will be issued a dividend of $0.55 per share. This represents a $2.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.40%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, April 6th. Universal’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is -186.44%.

In other news, Director Robert C. Sledd sold 1,755 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, December 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.26, for a total transaction of $96,981.30. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director John B. Adams, Jr. sold 848 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.50, for a total transaction of $44,520.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 2.30% of the company’s stock.

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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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