Univar (NYSE:UNVR) has been given an average rating of “Hold” by the eleven brokerages that are covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $32.67.

Several equities analysts have recently commented on UNVR shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered Univar from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 27th. ValuEngine lowered Univar from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, April 2nd. SunTrust Banks raised Univar from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 13th. Deutsche Bank set a $34.00 price target on Univar and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. Finally, TheStreet upgraded Univar from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Monday, April 2nd.

In related news, insider Dahlia Investments Pte. Ltd. sold 10,350 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, January 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $31.12, for a total value of $322,092.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. 1.82% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. increased its holdings in Univar by 125.8% during the 4th quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. now owns 5,262 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $162,000 after purchasing an additional 2,932 shares during the period. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank increased its holdings in Univar by 45.6% during the 4th quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 6,202 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $192,000 after purchasing an additional 1,941 shares during the period. Stone Ridge Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in Univar during the 4th quarter worth about $222,000. Rehmann Capital Advisory Group purchased a new stake in Univar during the 4th quarter worth about $223,000. Finally, State of Alaska Department of Revenue purchased a new stake in Univar during the 4th quarter worth about $275,000. Institutional investors own 98.18% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Univar stock opened at $28.94 on Friday. Univar has a 52 week low of $25.79 and a 52 week high of $32.53. The firm has a market capitalization of $4,103.71, a PE ratio of 20.82, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.98 and a beta of 1.21. The company has a current ratio of 1.77, a quick ratio of 1.18 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.59.

Univar (NYSE:UNVR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 28th. The basic materials company reported $0.34 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.25 by $0.09. Univar had a return on equity of 17.25% and a net margin of 1.45%. The business had revenue of $1.96 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.85 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.25 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 8.1% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts forecast that Univar will post 1.72 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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About Univar

Univar Inc distributes commodity and specialty chemical products, and related services worldwide. It offers herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, seeds, micro and macro nutrients, horticultural products, fertilizers, and feeds; storage, packaging, and logistics services for crop protection companies, storing chemicals, feed-grade materials, and seed and equipment parties; and pest control products and equipment.

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