Media coverage about Univar (NYSE:UNVR) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Univar earned a news sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.9567733453041 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

A number of research analysts have commented on the company. BidaskClub raised Univar from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, October 5th. Zacks Investment Research raised Univar from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 7th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $39.00 target price on shares of Univar in a report on Friday, September 15th. Finally, SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Univar in a report on Monday, November 6th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $33.33.

Shares of Univar (UNVR) traded down $0.14 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $30.96. The company had a trading volume of 754,170 shares, compared to its average volume of 785,258. The company has a market cap of $4,364.43, a P/E ratio of 134.61, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.46 and a beta of 1.43. Univar has a 1-year low of $26.80 and a 1-year high of $33.15. The company has a current ratio of 1.79, a quick ratio of 1.21 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.70.

Univar (NYSE:UNVR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, November 3rd. The basic materials company reported $0.36 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.23 by $0.13. The business had revenue of $2.05 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.97 billion. Univar had a return on equity of 17.30% and a net margin of 0.41%. The business’s revenue was up 2.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.17 EPS. equities research analysts forecast that Univar will post 1.03 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, Director Christopher D. Pappas purchased 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 8th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $30.84 per share, with a total value of $308,400.00. Following the acquisition, the director now owns 59,840 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,845,465.60. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, major shareholder Associates Viii Ltd. Cd&R sold 10,000,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred 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. In the last three months, insiders sold 10,140,425 shares of company stock worth $292,020,815. 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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