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Barclays Increases UGI (NYSE:UGI) Price Target to $40.00


Defense World ·  02/04 16:31

UGI (NYSE:UGI – Get Rating) had its price target increased by investment analysts at Barclays from $39.00 to $40.00 in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday, Benzinga reports. The firm presently has an "underweight" rating on the utilities provider's stock. Barclays's target price indicates a potential downside of 4.72% from the stock's current price.

A number of other brokerages also recently commented on UGI. TheStreet raised UGI from a "c+" rating to a "b-" rating in a research report on Thursday, December 22nd. Wells Fargo & Company lifted their price objective on UGI from $41.00 to $42.00 and gave the company an "equal weight" rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 10th. assumed coverage on UGI in a research report on Wednesday, October 12th. They set a "hold" rating for the company. Finally, Bank of America downgraded UGI from a "neutral" rating to an "underperform" rating and lowered their price target for the company from $43.00 to $41.00 in a research report on Wednesday, November 23rd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and two have issued a hold rating to the company. According to data from MarketBeat, the company has an average rating of "Hold" and a consensus target price of $41.00.

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UGI Stock Performance

UGI stock opened at $41.98 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.10, a quick ratio of 1.28 and a current ratio of 1.56. The stock has a fifty day moving average of $38.84 and a two-hundred day moving average of $38.03. The company has a market capitalization of $8.80 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 47.70, a PEG ratio of 1.70 and a beta of 1.07. UGI has a fifty-two week low of $31.19 and a fifty-two week high of $44.54.

UGI (NYSE:UGI – Get Rating) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 2nd. The utilities provider reported $1.14 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $1.06 by $0.08. The business had revenue of $2.76 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.81 billion. UGI had a return on equity of 11.31% and a net margin of 2.12%. The business's revenue for the quarter was up 3.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.93 earnings per share. On average, analysts anticipate that UGI will post 2.97 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Institutional Inflows and Outflows

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of UGI. Convergence Investment Partners LLC lifted its stake in shares of UGI by 22.2% in the fourth quarter. Convergence Investment Partners LLC now owns 39,012 shares of the utilities provider's stock worth $1,446,000 after acquiring an additional 7,083 shares in the last quarter. Peterson Financial Group Inc. bought a new position in shares of UGI during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $343,000. Mendota Financial Group LLC bought a new position in UGI in the 4th quarter worth approximately $145,000. CX Institutional bought a new position in UGI in the 4th quarter worth approximately $1,617,000. Finally, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund grew its holdings in UGI by 21.6% in the 4th quarter. Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund now owns 106,208 shares of the utilities provider's stock worth $3,937,000 after buying an additional 18,862 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 80.93% of the company's stock.

About UGI

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UGI Corp. is a holding company, which engages in the distribution and marketing of energy products and services. It operates through the following segments: AmeriGas Propane, UGI International, Midstream and Marketing, and Utilities. The AmeriGas Propane segment consists of the propane distribution business of AmeriGas Partners, L.P.

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