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United Rentals, Inc (URI) is a leading rental & leasing services business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$308.81 after a previous close of US$303.75. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD307.45 to a high of USD313.84. The latest price was USD308.06 (25 minute delay). United Rentals is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in United Rentals

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for United Rentals. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: URI. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until United Rentals reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$332.07, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of United Rentals, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of United Rentals. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

United Rentals share price

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United Rentals shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-23.
OpenUS$308.81
HighUS$313.84
LowUS$307.45
CloseUS$308.06
Previous closeUS$303.75
Change US$4.31
Change % 1.4189%
Volume 829,583
Information last updated 2021-06-17.
52-week rangeUS$139.1 - US$354.6
50-day moving average US$327.0817
200-day moving average US$291.5244
Target priceUS$350.2
PE ratio 23.0961
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$12.687

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Is it a good time to buy United Rentals stock?

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United Rentals price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $308.06

1 week (2021-06-17) 4.72%
1 month (2021-05-24) -5.48%
3 months (2021-03-23) 2.71%
6 months (2020-12-23) 33.40%
1 year (2020-06-23) 100.06%
2 years (2019-06-21) 137.21%
3 years (2018-06-22) 98.81%
5 years (2016-06-23) 326.50%

Is United Rentals under- or over-valued?

Valuing United Rentals stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of United Rentals's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

United Rentals's P/E ratio

United Rentals's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 23x. In other words, United Rentals shares trade at around 23x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

United Rentals's PEG ratio

United Rentals's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.2862. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into United Rentals's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

United Rentals's EBITDA

United Rentals's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$2.3 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a United Rentals's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

United Rentals financials

Revenue TTM US$8.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 22.26%
Gross profit TTM US$3.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.47%
Return on equity TTM 21.96%
Profit margin 10.87%
Book value 65.561
Market capitalisation US$21.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting United Rentals shares

There are currently 1.8 million United Rentals shares held short by investors – that's known as United Rentals's "short interest". This figure is 5.3% down from 1.9 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting United Rentals shares can be evaluated.

United Rentals's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

United Rentals's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of United Rentals shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of United Rentals shares traded daily (recently around 614839.17525773). United Rentals's SIR currently stands at 2.91. In other words for every 100,000 United Rentals shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2910 shares are currently held short.

However United Rentals's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of United Rentals shares, or, against the total number of tradable United Rentals shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case United Rentals's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 United Rentals shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0248% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable United Rentals shares, roughly 25 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against United Rentals.

Find out more about how you can short United Rentals stock.

United Rentals's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like United Rentals.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

United Rentals's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 20.81

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and United Rentals's overall score of 20.81 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 20th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like United Rentals is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

United Rentals's environmental score

Environmental score: 4.85/100

United Rentals's environmental score of 4.85 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that United Rentals is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

United Rentals's social score

Social score: 8.32/100

United Rentals's social score of 8.32 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that United Rentals is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

United Rentals's governance score

Governance score: 6.64/100

United Rentals's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that United Rentals is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

United Rentals's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. United Rentals scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that United Rentals has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

United Rentals, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 20.81
Total ESG percentile 19.86
Environmental score 4.85
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 8.32
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 6.64
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 1

United Rentals share dividends

We're not expecting United Rentals to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

United Rentals share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, United Rentals's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$139.1 up to US$354.6. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

URI.US volatility(beta: 2.06)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while United Rentals's is 2.0592. This would suggest that United Rentals's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

United Rentals overview

United Rentals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental company. It operates in two segments, General Rentals; and Trench, Power and Fluid Solutions. The General Rentals segment rents general construction and industrial equipment, including backhoes, skid-steer loaders, forklifts, earthmoving equipment, and material handling equipment; aerial work platforms, such as boom lifts and scissor lifts; and general tools and light equipment comprising pressure washers, water pumps, and power tools. It serves construction and industrial companies, manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners, and government entities. The Trench, Power and Fluid Solutions segment rents specialty construction products that include trench safety equipment, which comprise trench shields, aluminum hydraulic shoring systems, slide rails, crossing plates, construction lasers, and line testing equipment for underground work; and power, as well as heating, ventilating, and air conditioning equipment, including portable diesel generators, electrical distribution equipment, and temperature control equipment. It is also involved in the rental of fluid solutions equipment primarily used for fluid containment, transfer, and treatment. This segment serves construction companies involved in infrastructure projects, and municipalities and industrial companies. The company also sells aerial lifts, reach forklifts, telehandlers, compressors, and generators; construction consumables, tools, small equipment, and safety supplies; and parts for equipment that is owned by its customers, as well as provides repair and maintenance services. United Rentals, Inc. sells its used equipment through its sales force, brokers, and Website, as well as at auctions and directly to manufacturers. As of January 1, 2021, the company operated a network of 1,165 rental locations, including 1,018 of these locations are in the United States, 136 are in Canada, and 11 are in Europe. United Rentals, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Stam

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