News stories about Unilever (NYSE:UL) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Unilever earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the company an impact score of 45.9648024184772 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Several research analysts have weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Unilever from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 29th. Argus assumed coverage on Unilever in a research report on Friday, November 17th. They issued a “hold” rating on the stock. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of Unilever in a research report on Monday, December 18th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $44.50.

Unilever (NYSE UL) traded down $0.22 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $53.55. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 980,663 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,800,000. Unilever has a twelve month low of $44.33 and a twelve month high of $60.13. The stock has a market capitalization of $160,020.00, a PE ratio of 20.06, a P/E/G ratio of 2.38 and a beta of 0.86.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, March 21st. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 16th will be given a $0.4452 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 15th. This represents a $1.78 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.33%. This is a boost from Unilever’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.42. Unilever’s payout ratio is currently 65.92%.

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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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