Unilever PLC (UL) Receives Average Rating of “Hold” from Analysts

Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL) has received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the fourteen research firms that are covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have given a hold recommendation and six have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $43.50.

A number of research firms have recently commented on UL. Liberum Capital restated a “hold” rating on shares of Unilever PLC in a research report on Monday, March 27th. ABN Amro cut Unilever PLC from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, March 31st. UBS AG reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Unilever PLC in a research report on Monday. Barclays PLC upgraded Unilever PLC from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research report on Saturday, March 25th. Finally, J P Morgan Chase & Co reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Unilever PLC in a research report on Tuesday, March 28th.

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A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in UL. Carroll Financial Associates Inc. raised its position in Unilever PLC by 12.2% in the first quarter. Carroll Financial Associates Inc. now owns 2,374 shares of the company’s stock worth $117,000 after buying an additional 258 shares during the period. Hartford Financial Management Inc. raised its position in Unilever PLC by 143.7% in the first quarter. Hartford Financial Management Inc. now owns 2,476 shares of the company’s stock worth $122,000 after buying an additional 1,460 shares during the period. Perigon Wealth Management LLC bought a new position in Unilever PLC during the fourth quarter worth $130,000. NEXT Financial Group Inc raised its position in Unilever PLC by 7.6% in the second quarter. NEXT Financial Group Inc now owns 3,616 shares of the company’s stock worth $196,000 after buying an additional 256 shares during the period. Finally, West Coast Financial LLC bought a new position in Unilever PLC during the first quarter worth $200,000. 8.56% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL) traded down 0.09% during midday trading on Monday, reaching $55.87. 592,554 shares of the company traded hands. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $54.61 and a 200-day moving average of $48.09. The stock has a market capitalization of $158.65 billion, a P/E ratio of 26.83 and a beta of 0.88. Unilever PLC has a 1-year low of $38.58 and a 1-year high of $56.48.

About Unilever PLC

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.

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