Unilever plc (LON:ULVR) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the twelve analysts that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is GBX 4,465 ($58.73).

A number of research analysts have commented on the stock. Royal Bank of Canada reissued an “underperform” rating and set a GBX 2,900 ($38.15) target price (down previously from GBX 3,500 ($46.04)) on shares of Unilever in a research report on Monday, April 20th. Credit Suisse Group reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of Unilever in a research report on Wednesday. Barclays cut their target price on shares of Unilever from GBX 4,420 ($58.14) to GBX 4,200 ($55.25) and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, April 24th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted their price objective on shares of Unilever from GBX 3,850 ($50.64) to GBX 4,300 ($56.56) and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, May 1st. Finally, Jefferies Financial Group cut their price objective on shares of Unilever from GBX 5,100 ($67.09) to GBX 4,800 ($63.14) and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, March 18th.

LON ULVR opened at GBX 4,131 ($54.34) on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 203.49, a quick ratio of 0.53 and a current ratio of 0.78. The company has a market capitalization of $48.09 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.35. The company’s 50-day simple moving average is GBX 4,101.44 and its two-hundred day simple moving average is GBX 4,360.17. Unilever has a one year low of GBX 3,583.50 ($47.14) and a one year high of GBX 5,333 ($70.15).

The business also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 4th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, May 14th will be issued a dividend of GBX 36.14 ($0.48) per share. This is an increase from Unilever’s previous dividend of $34.72. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 14th. This represents a yield of 0.88%. Unilever’s dividend payout ratio is 57.38%.

In other news, insider Susan Kilsby acquired 1,250 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, February 20th. The shares were bought at an average cost of GBX 4,567 ($60.08) per share, with a total value of ¬£57,087.50 ($75,095.37). Over the last three months, insiders have bought 1,256 shares of company stock valued at $5,733,305.

Unilever Company Profile

Unilever PLC operates in the fast moving consumer goods industry worldwide. It operates through Beauty & Personal Care, Foods & Refreshment, and Home Care segments. The Beauty & Personal Care segment offers skin care and hair care products, deodorants, and oral care products primarily under the Axe, Dove, Lux, Rexona, Sunsilk, TRESemmé, Signal, Lifebuoy, and Vaseline brands.

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