Blueshift Asset Management LLC acquired a new position in Univar Inc (NYSE:UNVR) in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm acquired 12,143 shares of the basic materials company’s stock, valued at approximately $215,000.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Penserra Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in Univar in the 4th quarter worth about $35,000. Skylands Capital LLC boosted its position in Univar by 216.7% in the fourth quarter. Skylands Capital LLC now owns 3,800 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $67,000 after purchasing an additional 2,600 shares during the last quarter. Quantamental Technologies LLC purchased a new position in Univar in the fourth quarter worth about $74,000. Campbell & CO Investment Adviser LLC purchased a new position in Univar in the third quarter worth about $245,000. Finally, Ramsey Quantitative Systems purchased a new position in Univar in the fourth quarter worth about $166,000.

Shares of NYSE:UNVR opened at $22.78 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.24 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.06, a PEG ratio of 1.74 and a beta of 1.58. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.97, a quick ratio of 1.04 and a current ratio of 1.64. Univar Inc has a 52-week low of $16.33 and a 52-week high of $31.23.

Univar (NYSE:UNVR) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February 8th. The basic materials company reported $0.33 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.32 by $0.01. Univar had a return on equity of 19.35% and a net margin of 2.00%. The firm had revenue of $1.97 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.01 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.34 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up .6% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, equities analysts anticipate that Univar Inc will post 1.47 EPS for the current year.

Several brokerages have issued reports on UNVR. Barclays reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $26.00 target price on shares of Univar in a research report on Wednesday, March 6th. Wells Fargo & Co set a $30.00 target price on Univar and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 5th. Berenberg Bank set a $27.00 target price on Univar and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, November 23rd. ValuEngine raised Univar from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, February 4th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Univar from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 29th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Univar currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $29.80.

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Univar Profile

Univar Inc distributes commodity and specialty chemical products, and related services worldwide. It offers herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, seeds, micro and macro nutrients, horticultural products, and fertilizers; storage, packaging, and logistics services for crop protection companies; and pest control products and equipment.

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