News articles about Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Unilever PLC earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the company an impact score of 46.135461343365 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

UL has been the subject of several recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research cut Unilever PLC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, June 22nd. UBS AG reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Unilever PLC in a research report on Monday, July 17th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada cut Unilever PLC from a “sector perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Friday, August 11th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $43.50.

Unilever PLC (UL) traded up 0.25% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $57.19. The stock had a trading volume of 584,024 shares. Unilever PLC has a 12-month low of $38.58 and a 12-month high of $57.73. The firm has a market cap of $160.85 billion, a P/E ratio of 23.96 and a beta of 0.88. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $56.15 and a 200 day moving average price of $51.79.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, September 6th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 4th will be paid a dividend of $0.409 per share. This represents a $1.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.86%. This is an increase from Unilever PLC’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.38. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 2nd.

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Unilever PLC 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.

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