Unilever plc (UL) Receives Average Recommendation of “Hold” from Analysts

Shares of Unilever plc (NYSE:UL) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the eight analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and five have given a hold rating to the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $26.00.

A number of research firms have weighed in on UL. JPMorgan Chase reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of Unilever in a research report on Monday, December 18th. Zacks Investment Research cut Unilever from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 19th.

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Unilever stock traded up $0.46 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $55.56. 897,550 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,166,163. Unilever has a twelve month low of $48.91 and a twelve month high of $60.13. The stock has a market capitalization of $68,436.98, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.96, a PEG ratio of 2.46 and a beta of 0.90.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, March 21st. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 16th were given a dividend of $0.4452 per share. This represents a $1.78 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.21%. This is a boost from Unilever’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.42. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, February 15th. Unilever’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 69.57%.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of UL. Calton & Associates Inc. acquired a new stake in Unilever during the 4th quarter worth approximately $134,000. Fieldpoint Private Securities LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Unilever in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $135,000. Duncker Streett & Co. Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Unilever in the 4th quarter valued at approximately $152,000. Global Trust Asset Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Unilever in the 4th quarter valued at approximately $174,000. Finally, We Are One Seven LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Unilever in the 4th quarter valued at approximately $178,000. 6.67% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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Unilever Company Profile

Unilever PLC is a fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company. The Company’s segments include Personal Care, which primarily includes sales of skin care and hair care products, deodorants and oral care products; Foods, which primarily includes sales of soups, bouillons, sauces, snacks, mayonnaise, salad dressings, margarines and spreads; Home Care, which primarily includes sales of home care products, such as powders, liquids and capsules, soap bars and a range of cleaning products, and Refreshment, which primarily includes sales of ice cream and tea-based beverages.

Analyst Recommendations for Unilever (NYSE:UL)

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