United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE:URI) was downgraded by equities researchers at ValuEngine from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a note issued to investors on Thursday.

URI has been the subject of a number of other reports. Vetr upgraded shares of United Rentals from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $125.52 price target for the company in a report on Monday, May 1st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of United Rentals from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $138.00 price target for the company in a report on Thursday, March 30th. Bank of America Corporation upgraded shares of United Rentals from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, April 28th. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “hold” rating and issued a $120.00 price target (down from $131.00) on shares of United Rentals in a report on Sunday, April 23rd. Finally, Evercore ISI upgraded shares of United Rentals from an “in-line” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $134.00 price target for the company in a report on Monday, May 8th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating, eleven have given a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $124.21.

Shares of United Rentals (NYSE:URI) traded up 3.24% during trading on Thursday, hitting $122.54. 3,581,607 shares of the stock traded hands. United Rentals has a 1-year low of $70.58 and a 1-year high of $134.28. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $110.17 and a 200-day moving average of $116.51. The firm has a market capitalization of $10.36 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.16 and a beta of 2.42. United Rentals also saw unusually large options trading activity on Wednesday. Traders acquired 12,351 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of 459% compared to the average daily volume of 2,209 put options.

United Rentals (NYSE:URI) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 19th. The construction company reported $2.37 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.28 by $0.09. United Rentals had a net margin of 8.04% and a return on equity of 25.71%. The company had revenue of $1.60 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.55 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $2.06 earnings per share. United Rentals’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.4% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts forecast that United Rentals will post $9.61 earnings per share for the current year.

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Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Acrospire Investment Management LLC raised its position in United Rentals by 15.4% in the second quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 1,500 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $101,000 after buying an additional 200 shares during the last quarter. Mizuho Asset Management Co. Ltd. raised its position in United Rentals by 91.0% in the second quarter. Mizuho Asset Management Co. Ltd. now owns 1,532 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $103,000 after buying an additional 730 shares during the last quarter. Assetmark Inc. raised its position in United Rentals by 25.5% in the third quarter. Assetmark Inc. now owns 1,340 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $105,000 after buying an additional 272 shares during the last quarter. Whittier Trust Co. raised its position in United Rentals by 7.2% in the first quarter. Whittier Trust Co. now owns 894 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $112,000 after buying an additional 60 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Feltz Wealth PLAN Inc. purchased a new position in United Rentals during the second quarter worth $123,000. 93.89% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

About United Rentals

United Rentals, Inc is a holding company. The Company is an equipment rental company, which operates throughout the United States and Canada. It operates through two segments: general rentals, and trench, power and pump. The general rentals segment includes the rental of construction, aerial, industrial and homeowner equipment and related services and activities.

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