News headlines about Unilever (NYSE:UL) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Unilever earned a daily sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the company an impact score of 46.6740494797593 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.
Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:
- Unilever Plc (UL) Holder Howe & Rusling INC Has Boosted Stake – NMSU Hеrаld (nmsuherald.com)
- [$$] Unilever’s Rotterdam decision bodes well for MBAs (finance.yahoo.com)
- P&G rival consolidates HQ, which may lead to acquisitions (finance.yahoo.com)
- Unilever Moving Global Headquarters to Rotterdam in Major Corporate Exit – TheStreet.com (thestreet.com)
- Stock in the Analysts Spotlight: Unilever PLC (UL) – Wall Street Morning (wallstreetmorning.com)
A number of equities analysts have weighed in on UL shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Unilever from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $63.00 target price for the company in a research report on Wednesday, December 13th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Unilever in a research report on Monday, December 18th. Finally, Argus started coverage on shares of 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, six have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $44.50.
The company also recently disclosed 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 is a positive change from Unilever’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.42. This represents a $1.78 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.39%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, February 15th.
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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