Unilever plc (UL) Coverage Initiated by Analysts at Macquarie

Macquarie assumed coverage on shares of Unilever plc (NYSE:UL) in a report issued on Friday. The firm issued an outperform rating on the stock.

UL has been the subject of several other reports. Barclays PLC cut Unilever plc from an overweight rating to an equal weight rating in a report on Monday, January 23rd. Zacks Investment Research cut Unilever plc from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Thursday, December 22nd. Bank of America Corp raised Unilever plc from an underperform rating to a neutral rating in a report on Monday, February 27th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut Unilever plc from an overweight rating to a neutral rating in a report on Wednesday, December 7th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC raised Unilever plc from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Tuesday, December 13th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $46.00.

Analyst Recommendations for Unilever plc (NYSE:UL)

Shares of Unilever plc (NYSE:UL) traded up 0.78% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $50.31. The company had a trading volume of 647,594 shares. The firm has a market capitalization of $142.86 billion, a P/E ratio of 26.22 and a beta of 0.82. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $45.24 and a 200 day moving average price of $43.33. Unilever plc has a 12 month low of $38.58 and a 12 month high of $50.41.

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The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, March 15th. Investors of record on Friday, February 10th were issued a dividend of $0.339 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, February 8th. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.70%.

A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Intellectus Partners LLC purchased a new position in shares of Unilever plc during the fourth quarter valued at about $122,000. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. boosted its position in shares of Unilever plc by 147.4% in the third quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 2,726 shares of the company’s stock valued at $129,000 after buying an additional 1,624 shares in the last quarter. Assetmark Inc. boosted its position in shares of Unilever plc by 26.5% in the third quarter. Assetmark Inc. now owns 3,248 shares of the company’s stock valued at $154,000 after buying an additional 681 shares in the last quarter. Chicago Partners Investment Group LLC purchased a new position in shares of Unilever plc during the third quarter valued at about $161,000. Finally, Tower Research Capital LLC TRC boosted its position in shares of Unilever plc by 27.2% in the third quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 3,592 shares of the company’s stock valued at $170,000 after buying an additional 768 shares in the last quarter. 8.60% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Unilever plc Company Profile

Unilever PLC is a supplier of food, home and personal care products. The Company’s portfolio ranges from nutritionally balanced foods to indulgent ice creams, soaps, shampoos and household care products. The Company operates through four segments: Personal Care, Foods, Home Care and Refreshment. The Personal Care segment includes sales of skin care and hair care products, deodorants and oral care products.

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