Press coverage about Univar (NYSE:UNVR) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Univar earned a media sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the basic materials company an impact score of 45.2399014605358 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.
Several research firms have commented on UNVR. Vertical Research upgraded Univar from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 20th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Univar from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $35.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Friday, January 12th. Deutsche Bank set a $34.00 price objective on Univar and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 7th. Finally, SunTrust Banks upgraded Univar from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 13th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $32.67.
Univar (NYSE UNVR) opened at $30.68 on Wednesday. Univar has a fifty-two week low of $25.79 and a fifty-two week high of $32.53. The stock has a market capitalization of $4,357.72, a price-to-earnings ratio of 36.09, a PEG ratio of 2.10 and a beta of 1.21. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.59, a current ratio of 1.77 and a quick ratio of 1.18.
In other news, insider Dahlia Investments Pte. Ltd. sold 2,015 shares of Univar stock in a transaction on Friday, January 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $31.12, for a total value of $62,706.80. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, major shareholder Associates Viii Ltd. Cd&R sold 10,000,000 shares of Univar stock in a transaction on Tuesday, December 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $28.79, for a total value of $287,900,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 10,093,587 shares of company stock worth $290,814,052 over the last quarter. Company insiders own 1.82% of the company’s stock.
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Univar Company Profile
Univar Inc is a distributor of commodity and specialty chemicals. The Company operates through four segments: Univar USA (USA); Univar Canada (Canada); Univar Europe and the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Rest of World. The Company’s USA segment supplies a range of commodity and specialty chemicals, as well as services to a range of end markets, including manufacturing and industrial production sectors in the United States.
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