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Stock in the Spotlight: Universal Corporation (NYSE: UVV)


Universal Corporation is in the consumer defensive sector and is in the tobacco products industry. The company CEO is George C. Freeman. Universal Corp is a leaf tobacco supplier. It is engaged in procuring and processing flue-cured and burley leaf tobacco for manufacturers of consumer tobacco products.

Previous Intraday Trading Performance:

The UVV stock showed a previous change of 1.04% with an open at 56.69 and a close of 57.28. It reached an intraday high of 57.36 and a low of 56.08.

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The stock has a market cap of $1.4b with 25.0m shares outstanding, of which the float is 23.9m shares. Trading volume reached 186,282 shares compared to its average volume of 193,095 shares. Based on the current average volume and close price, the trading liquidity is bad, highly speculative and an investor may want to avoid this stock.

Historical Trading Performance:

Over the last five trading days, Universal Corporation shares returned -0.38% and in the past 30 trading days it returned 6.57%. Over three months, it changed -13.06%. In one year it has changed 20.00% and within that year its 52-week high was 76.98 and its 52-week low was 46.10. UVV stock is 24.25% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations show a 200 day moving average of 60.02 and a 50 day moving average of 57.09. Currently UVV stock is trading -4.57% below its 200 day moving average and may be a good opportunity to buy, but should check other indicators to confirm a buy signal.

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The last annual fiscal EPS for the company was reported at 4.14 that ended on 31st of March 2018, which according to the previous close, that is a PE of 13.84. The TTM EPS is 0.00, which comes to a TTM PE of 0.00.

The following are the last four quarter reported earnings per share:
12-31-2018:  1.73
09-30-2018:  1.24
06-30-2018:  0.25
03-31-2018:  1.44

The dividend per share is currently 3.00, which is a dividend yield of 5.29%. UVV stock may not have enough earnings to cover future dividends and still be able to invest in the business, therefore the dividend may be cut in the future.

Base on our calculations, the intrinsic value per share is 9.50, which means it may be overvalued by -503.11%

Indicators to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 138.60% of institutional ownership. Short-interest is 309,425, which is 1.24% of shares outstanding. The short-interest ratio or days-to-cover ratio is 1.46. This stock has some short interest, but it may be normal and no cause for concern if long the position.

The current calculated beta is 0.85

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Fundamental Indicators:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on equity is 7.91%, return on assets is 4.82%, profit margin is 5.02%, price-to-sales is 0.64 and price-to-book is 1.03.

Company Scores:

All scores are out of six:
 3  :Valuation Score
 3  :Past Performance Score
 4  :Financial Strength Score
 3  :Future Growth Score
 5  :Dividend Score
 3  :Overall Score

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