NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of United Parcel Services (UPS) - Get Report were down in mid-afternoon trading on Tuesday as the company prepares to report 2016 third quarter results on Thursday.

Before the market open, analysts surveyed by FactSet expect the package delivery company to post earnings of $1.44 per share on revenue of $14.72 billion.

During the same quarter last year, Atlanta-based UPS reported earnings of $1.39 per share on revenue of $14.24 billion.

Credit Suisse said recently that UPS is "poised to grow" as the e-commerce market expands.

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"The challenge for UPS is to boost the margin profile on business-to-consumer packages as the e-commerce migration continues," the firm added.

The firm has a "neutral" rating and $111 price target on UPS stock.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author. TheStreet Ratings rated this stock as a "buy" with a ratings score of A.

The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: UPS

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