Universal (UVV) Earns Daily News Sentiment Rating of 0.28

Press coverage about Universal (NYSE:UVV) has trended positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Universal earned a news sentiment score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the company an impact score of 45.8808734325208 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

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

Universal announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase plan on Tuesday, November 7th that authorizes the company to buyback $100.00 million in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization authorizes the company to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback plans are typically an indication that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, May 7th. Investors of record on Monday, April 9th will be paid a dividend of $0.55 per share. This represents a $2.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.40%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, April 6th. Universal’s dividend payout ratio is currently -186.44%.

In related news, Director John B. Adams, Jr. sold 848 shares of Universal stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.50, for a total transaction of $44,520.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Robert C. Sledd sold 1,755 shares of Universal stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.26, for a total transaction of $96,981.30. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.30% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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About Universal

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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