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UPS Rides on Increase in Home Deliveries & Strong Liquidity

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We recently issued an updated report on United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS - Free Report) .

The company is being aided by a significant increase in home deliveries amid the prevalent coronavirus pandemic. Notably, the need for door-to-door delivery of essentials during this crisis is increasing. Also, UPS Airlines, one of the largest cargo carriers across the globe, is aided by the increase in e-commerce sales amid the plaguing pandemic. UPS Airlines expanded its fleet by adding MD-11 and Boeing 747-8 freighter jets. With many passenger airlines (usually carrying freight as well as passenger luggage) currently shrinking their fleets due to tepid air-travel demand, cargo carriers like UPS Airlines are flying a lot of packages.

The company has a strong liquidity position. The company exited the June quarter with cash and equivalents of $9,216 million, above its current debt of $3,749 million. This suggests that it has enough cash to meet its current debt obligations. Also, UPS' current ratio at the end of second-quarter 2020 was 1.24, up 13.8% year over year. This liquidity ratio measures a company's ability to pay up its short-term liabilities.

Meanwhile, decline in overall adjusted profit at UPS in first-half 2020 are worrisome. Notably, the metric declined 6.5% due to the double digit decline at the Supply Chain & Freight (down 12.2%) and U.S. domestic Package (down 15.8%) units. The downside was mainly due to coronavirus-induced supply chain disruptions. Moreover, UPS expects U.S. Domestic average daily volume growth to be lower in second-half 2020, from 22.8% witnessed in the June quarter.

Zacks Rank & Other Stocks to Consider

UPS currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

Investors interested in the Zacks Transportation sector can also consider some other top-ranked  stocks like Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc. (KNX - Free Report) , Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (CP - Free Report) and Werner Enterprises, Inc. (WERN - Free Report) . Knight-Swift sports a Zacks Rank #1(Strong Buy), while Canadian Pacific and Werner carry a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Long-term expected earnings per share (three to five years) growth rate for Knight-Swift, Canadian Pacific and Werner is pegged at 15%, 8% and 8.5%, respectively.

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