Unilever plc (NYSE:UL) was upgraded by stock analysts at Barclays PLC from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note issued to investors on Saturday.

Several other analysts have also issued reports on UL. Zacks Investment Research lowered Unilever plc from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, December 22nd. Jefferies Group LLC raised Unilever plc from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 13th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered Unilever plc from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 7th. Bank of America Corp raised Unilever plc from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday, February 27th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group Inc reissued a “sell” rating on shares of Unilever plc in a report on Friday, March 24th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Unilever plc has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $36.00.

Analyst Recommendations for Unilever plc (NYSE:UL)

Shares of Unilever plc (NYSE:UL) traded down 0.67% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $50.10. 1,294,108 shares of the stock traded hands. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $49.62 and its 200 day moving average price is $43.85. Unilever plc has a 12-month low of $38.58 and a 12-month high of $51.12. The company has a market capitalization of $142.27 billion, a PE ratio of 25.86 and a beta of 0.82.

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A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of UL. CGOV Asset Management purchased a new position in Unilever plc during the third quarter valued at approximately $69,686,000. Jane Street Group LLC increased its position in Unilever plc by 86.4% in the third quarter. Jane Street Group LLC now owns 2,114,323 shares of the company’s stock valued at $100,219,000 after buying an additional 980,295 shares in the last quarter. OLD Mission Capital LLC increased its position in Unilever plc by 289.0% in the third quarter. OLD Mission Capital LLC now owns 535,824 shares of the company’s stock valued at $22,371,000 after buying an additional 398,063 shares in the last quarter. Harding Loevner LP increased its position in Unilever plc by 8.7% in the first quarter. Harding Loevner LP now owns 2,459,108 shares of the company’s stock valued at $121,332,000 after buying an additional 197,199 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Scotia Capital Inc. increased its position in Unilever plc by 177.5% in the fourth quarter. Scotia Capital Inc. now owns 293,163 shares of the company’s stock valued at $11,940,000 after buying an additional 187,517 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 8.60% of the company’s stock.

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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