The Insider Activity Report For United Bankshares Inc. (UBSI): Who’s Selling?

United Bankshares Inc. (NASDAQ:UBSI) finished Friday with an addition of $0.24 to close at $37.10, an upside of 0.65 percent. An average of 392,280 shares of common stock have been traded in the last five days. There was a gain of $0.85 in the past week, and it reached a new high 29 times over the past 12 months. The last 20 days have seen an average of 511,220 shares traded, while the 50-day average volume stands at 479,152.

UBSI stock has increased by 10.15% in the last month. The company shares reached their 1-month lowest point of $32.85 on 09/23/21. With the stock rallying to its 52-week high on 05/18/21, shares of the company touched a low of $24.50 and a high of $42.50 in 52 weeks. It has reached a new high 18 times so far this year and achieved 14.51% or $4.70 in price. In spite of this, the price is down -12.71% from the 52-week high.

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Insider Transactions

211 days have passed since United Bankshares Inc. (UBSI) last reported insider trading activity. NESSELROAD MARK R, who is Director, most recently acquired $5,950 shares at $39.16 per share on Mar 26. In this transaction, the insider spent $232,994. Director, NESSELROAD MARK R, disposed of 5,950 shares at a price of $39.00 on Mar 24. The insider now owns more than $232,050 worth of shares. Prior to that, Executive Vice President REXROAD JERRY L went on to Sale 9,998 shares at $39.84 each on Mar 11. An amount of $398,343 was transacted.

Valuation Metrics

United Bankshares Inc. (UBSI) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 12.05, which compares with the 16.80 for the broader industry and 13.15 for the sector. In the last five years, United Bankshares Inc.’s PE ratio has ranged between 25.10 and 8.110. The stock’s beta is 1.34. Other valuation ratios to consider include the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio at 5.85, the price-to-book (PB) ratio at 1.09, and the price-to-cash flow ratio at 21.92.

United Bankshares Inc. pays a $1.40 dividend per share annually. It offers a dividend yield of 3.77%. The company has a payout ratio of 45.40%. The company’s most recent quarterly dividend payment took place on Oct. 1, and it was $0.35 a share, without any change from last year. Its dividend has been increased for the last 1 year with the latest increase dividend $0.01 reported on Friday November 15 2019.Dividends have grown by 5.26% each year over the last three years.

Further, the company has a long term debt to equity ratio of 0.06 and a total debt to equity ratio of 0.06 for the quarter ending June 29. Its gross profit as reported stood at $689.77 million compared to revenue of $798.38 million.

For investors, determining the potential profitability of the investment also depends on the performance of the company’s management. In the past 12 months, United Bankshares Inc.’s return on assets was 1.50%. For the broader industry, ROE averaged 11.10 over the past year.

Earnings Surprise

The analyst consensus anticipated United Bankshares Inc.’s latest quarter earnings to come in at $0.71 per share, but it turned out to be $0.73, a 2.80% surprise. At the end of the quarter ending June 29, United Bankshares Inc.’s stock balance sheet showed total debt was $1.02 billion. Shareholders own equity worth $129.2 million.

Technical Picture

From a technical analysis perspective, let’s take a brief look at United Bankshares Inc. (UBSI) price momentum. RSI 9-day as of the close on 22 October was 65.74%, suggesting the stock is Neutral, with historical volatility in this time frame at 15.19%.

As of today, UBSI’s price is $36.61 +2.34% or $0.85 from its 5-day moving average. UBSI is currently trading +10.09% higher than its 20-day SMA and -9.84% lower than its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is +2.80% above the SMA50 and +4.98% above the SMA200.

The stochastic %K and %D were 88.59% and 75.31%, respectively, and the average true range (ATR) was 0.79. With the 14-day stochastic at 97.23% and the average true range at 0.81, the RSI (14) stands at 61.84%. The stock has reached 0.53 on the 9-day MACD Oscillator while the 14-day reading was at 0.49.

Analyst Ratings

Raymond James upgraded United Bankshares Inc. (NASDAQ: UBSI) to a an Outperform rating in its most recent analyst report. Previously, the stock was rated as a Mkt perform. The consensus rating for United Bankshares Inc. (UBSI) among analysts is Hold. According to current brokerage recommendations, 0 brokerage firms advise that investors sell UBSI, while 4 suggest investors hold. There are 0 analysts who rate the stock as underweight. The stock is rated overweight by 1 analysts, while 1 others rate it as a “buy”.

What is UBSI’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts predict a range of price targets between $39.00 and $43.00, with a median target of $40.00. Taking a look at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts for United Bankshares Inc. (UBSI) stock is $40.70.


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