Aperio Group LLC increased its holdings in Unilever plc (NYSE:UL) by 5.0% in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 103,164 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 4,929 shares during the quarter. Aperio Group LLC’s holdings in Unilever were worth $5,709,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Other hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in the company. Advisors Preferred LLC purchased a new position in Unilever during the third quarter valued at $122,000. Fieldpoint Private Securities LLC purchased a new position in Unilever during the third quarter valued at $135,000. Duncker Streett & Co. Inc. purchased a new position in Unilever during the fourth quarter valued at $152,000. Segment Wealth Management LLC purchased a new position in Unilever during the third quarter valued at $201,000. Finally, Cable Hill Partners LLC lifted its position in Unilever by 6,866.0% during the third quarter. Cable Hill Partners LLC now owns 3,483 shares of the company’s stock valued at $202,000 after buying an additional 3,433 shares during the period. 7.12% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Unilever plc (NYSE:UL) opened at $53.08 on Wednesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $156,910.00, a PE ratio of 20.11, a PEG ratio of 2.32 and a beta of 0.86. Unilever plc has a 52-week low of $41.46 and a 52-week high of $60.13.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, March 21st. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 16th will be given a $0.4452 dividend. This represents a $1.78 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.35%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 15th. This is a positive change from Unilever’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.42. Unilever’s payout ratio is currently 63.26%.

Several brokerages have commented on UL. Zacks Investment Research lowered Unilever from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 19th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of Unilever in a research report on Monday, December 18th. Finally, Argus began coverage on Unilever in a research report on Friday, November 17th. They set a “hold” rating for the company. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $44.50.

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About Unilever

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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Unilever (NYSE:UL)

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