Shares of Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the twelve brokerages that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have issued a hold recommendation and three have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year target price among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $26.00.

A number of analysts have recently commented on the stock. J P Morgan Chase & Co reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Unilever PLC in a research note on Thursday. Royal Bank Of Canada lowered shares of Unilever PLC from a “sector perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note on Friday, August 11th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Unilever PLC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 2nd. Finally, UBS AG reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Unilever PLC in a research note on Monday, July 17th.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Fiduciary Management Inc. WI boosted its holdings in shares of Unilever PLC by 56.6% in the first quarter. Fiduciary Management Inc. WI now owns 10,615,523 shares of the company’s stock worth $523,770,000 after buying an additional 3,837,015 shares during the last quarter. Mawer Investment Management Ltd. boosted its holdings in shares of Unilever PLC by 2.1% in the second quarter. Mawer Investment Management Ltd. now owns 3,910,364 shares of the company’s stock worth $211,629,000 after buying an additional 79,598 shares during the last quarter. Harding Loevner LP boosted its holdings in shares of Unilever PLC by 6.1% in the second quarter. Harding Loevner LP now owns 2,610,078 shares of the company’s stock worth $141,258,000 after buying an additional 150,970 shares during the last quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Unilever PLC by 94.7% in the first quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 2,467,891 shares of the company’s stock worth $124,783,000 after buying an additional 1,200,280 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Jane Street Group LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Unilever PLC by 459.2% in the first quarter. Jane Street Group LLC now owns 2,119,989 shares of the company’s stock worth $104,600,000 after buying an additional 1,740,864 shares during the last quarter. 7.27% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL) traded up 0.02% on Tuesday, reaching $59.22. 531,937 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The company has a market cap of $166.56 billion, a PE ratio of 24.91 and a beta of 0.88. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $57.42 and its 200 day moving average price is $53.36. Unilever PLC has a 52-week low of $38.58 and a 52-week high of $59.44.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, September 6th. Investors of record on Friday, August 4th were issued a $0.409 dividend. This is an increase from Unilever PLC’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.38. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, August 2nd. This represents a $1.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.76%.

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.

Analyst Recommendations for Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL)

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