Somewhat Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Unilever (UL) Share Price

News coverage about Unilever (NYSE:UL) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Unilever earned a news impact score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the company an impact score of 46.3245261476693 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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A number of research firms have recently weighed in on UL. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Unilever from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 19th. JPMorgan Chase restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Unilever in a research note on Monday, December 18th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and five have given a hold rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $63.00.

NYSE:UL traded up $0.33 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $56.06. 558,051 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,390,640. Unilever has a fifty-two week low of $50.08 and a fifty-two week high of $60.13. The company has a market cap of $68,831.14, a PE ratio of 22.16, a P/E/G ratio of 2.47 and a beta of 0.81.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, March 21st. Investors of record on Friday, February 16th were given a dividend of $0.4452 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, February 15th. This is an increase from Unilever’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.42. This represents a $1.78 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.18%. Unilever’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 69.57%.

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Unilever Company Profile

Unilever PLC operates in the fast-moving consumer goods industry worldwide. It operates through Personal Care, Home Care, Foods, and Refreshment segments. The Personal Care segment offers skin care and hair care products, deodorants, and oral care products. The Home Care segment provides home care products, including powders, liquids and capsules, soap bars, and various cleaning products.

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