Is UPS Well-Positioned for the Future?

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With shares of United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) trading around $99, is UPS an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:

T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement

United Parcel Service is a package delivery company. The company delivers packages each business day for 1.1 million shipping customers to 7.7 million consignees in over 220 countries and territories. Last year, United Parcel Service delivered an average of 16.3 million pieces per day worldwide or a total of 4.1 billion packages. It serves the global market for logistics services, which include transportation, distribution, forwarding, ground, ocean and air freight, brokerage, and financing. United Parcel Service operates in three segments — U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain & Freight.

United Parcel Service on Friday warned it would miss its fourth quarter earnings targets, blaming an “unprecedented” rise in online holiday shopping, a shortened holiday season and bad weather despite “extraordinary measures” to meet Christmas demand. This will be the second time the Atlanta-based package and delivery concern has missed its quarterly earnings targets.

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