Calm After the Storm? Stock Update on Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. (:ULH)

Coming up with a viable and solid stock investment plan might be on the minds of many individual investors. A solid plan might entail defining the overall objective and recognizing tangible restraints. Figuring out these details may help the investor focus on the most important aspects of investing in the stock market. Following strategies set forth by others may work, but they may also leave the investor in a quandary. What worked in the past for one person may not work in the future for another. Investors may need to craft the plan keeping in mind the long-term goals. Although some investors and traders focus on the short-term, many investors are more interested in making the grade over a number of years, and not a number of days or months. Plans may need to be set up so that they are flexible and have the ability to withstand unforeseen shifts and rapidly changing stock market scenarios. Flexibility may end up being the key to a successful plan down the road. Investors may also want to do regular check-ins on portfolio performance in order to keep tabs on how well the plan is working.

For the average investor, figuring out how to best approach the stock market can be challenging. Many investors have probably seen at least one of their prized stocks take off in the last year, and they may be wondering which one is next. With the stock market still trading at super high levels, investors may be worried that a major shift will occur in the near future. Looking back over the first part of this year, investors may not have too much to fidget within the portfolio. If the stock market decides to reverse course and take a turn for the worse, investors may start questioning their strategy and become somewhat worried. Drastic shifts in the markets happen from time to time. Investors who are prepared for volatile market environments may be much better suited to weather the storm than those who are not. Crafting a plan that accounts for the regular ups and downs of the market may be a wise choice for the individual investor. This may mean shifting the mindset to be on the lookout for opportunities when they become available. Investors who have done the research and planning might be more secure in their stock choices should turbulent times arise. 

Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. (:ULH), of the Services sector recently touched $20.88 based on a recent trade, indicating movement of -0.76%. Analysts are predicting earnings per share growth of 424.90% for the current year. The earnings per share growth over the next five years are expected to be 3.00%. Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. has had earnings per share growth of 1.90% over the past five years. 

Currently the return on equity is 17.50% and its debt to equity is 1.95. Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. has a total market cap of $582.55, a gross margin of 27.60% while the profit margin is 2.50% and the ROI is 10.90%.

Performance

The stats on Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. (:ULH) are currently as follows. The weekly performance is -1.65%, and the quarterly performance is at 5.19%. The monthly performance is -16.21% and the yearly performance is -16.21%. The performance for Year to Date (YTD) is 16.00%.

Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. has posted a trailing 12 months earnings per share of $1.33 and the earnings per share growth for this year is expected to be 424.90%. The ROI is 10.90% and the return on equity for Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. stated earlier, is currently at 17.50% .The return on assets (ROA) for Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. is 4.20%. 

Earnings per share (EPS) the amount of income that “belongs” to each share of common stock. This is a valuable tool that investors use to determine the value and projected value of a stock.  Earnings per share is generally reported in annualized form from the most recent fiscal year. To determine the value, the average number of shares outstanding is usually calculated by averaging the number of shares at the beginning of the fiscal period and the number of shares at the end of the period. 

Price Earnings Ratio

The price/earnings ratio (P/E) for Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. is 15.66 and the forward P/E ratio stands at 8.29. The price to sales growth is 0.38. The price/earnings ratio (P/E) is a market prospect ratio which calculates the value of a stock relative to its earnings. On other words, the P/E ratio is and indicator of what investors are will to pay for a stock relative to its earnings.  A firm with a high P/E ratio typically indicates that investors are willing to pay a premium for the stock and higher performance in future quarters would be anticipated. Going a step further we can also look at the PEG ratio of a company.  A stock’s price/earnings ratio divided by its year-over-year earnings growth rate. In general, the lower the PEG, the better the value, because the investor would be paying less for each unit of earnings growth.

Technicals

The technical stats for Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. are as follows. Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. (:ULH) is trading 20.63% away from the stock’s 52-week low and -24.05% off of the 52-week high. Current levels place the company -1.96% away from it’s 20-day simple moving average. The average volume stands around 150181. Trading volume is a hugely important consideration for any investor.  By watching how many shares are trading hands and looking for any changes in that activity, trading opportunities can be spotted along with a deeper understanding of the reliability of other indicators on the stock.  A significant increase in trading volume means that more than double the average amount of stocks are moving.  When volume is decreased significantly, it may indicate there is an issue that shareholders should watch out for.  It’s also important to take into consideration how long the unusual volume sustains for.  If it’s only the one trading day, it can be dismissed as an anomaly.

The current stock levels place it -3.09% away from the 200 day moving average. Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. has a beta of 2.05 and the weekly and monthly volatility stands at 2.80% and 4.29% respectively. The simple moving average is the most common method used to calculate the moving average of prices.  It takes the sum of all of the past closing prices over a specific time period and divides the result by the number of prices used in the calculation.  Increasing the number of time periods in the calculation is an effective way to ascertain the strength of the long-term trend and/or the likelihood that it might reverse.  Some argue that this type of average is not necessarily useful because each data point in the series has the exact same impact on the result no matter where it occurs in the sequence.

Traders may be going deeper into the playbook in order to scoop up profits in the current stock market environment. The first half of the year has produced plenty of big winners. Investors will be closely monitoring the most recent earnings releases to hopefully spot the next big mover. Traders may be looking to more closely define some major trends in order to identify which way the momentum is going to carry the stock market into the close of the calendar year. Keeping track of all the financial news and global happenings can be a tall order, even for the most seasoned investors. Staying the course while following a sound investing plan can help the individual investor become prepared for whatever lies ahead. The optimists still believe there is much more room for growth in the markets while the pessimists are calling for a major reversal in the near future. Traders and investors will be closely tracking the major economic news to help come to a solid conclusion about which way the markets are headed. Staying up on the fundamentals as well as the popular technical indicators may help the investor sort through the maze and prepare for the next stage.

Beta is used to measure a stock’s price volatility relative to the market. A stock with a beta of “0” indicates that its price is not correlated with the market. A positive beta indicates that the stock follows the market. A negative beta means that the stock inversely follows the market, decreasing in value when the market goes up. 

Disclaimer: The views of the author are in no way suggesting whether or not to buy a stock.  Data is provided by Yahoo Finance.

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