Unilever (UL) Given Daily News Sentiment Rating of 0.11

News headlines about Unilever (NYSE:UL) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Unilever earned a daily sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the company an impact score of 46.3808644198064 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

Unilever (NYSE UL) traded up $0.21 during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $56.07. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 3,364,480 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,677,811. Unilever has a 12 month low of $39.08 and a 12 month high of $60.13.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 13th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 3rd will be paid a $0.4217 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 2nd. This represents a $1.69 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.01%. This is a boost from Unilever’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.41.

Several analysts recently issued reports on UL shares. Royal Bank Of Canada lowered Unilever from a “sector perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report on Friday, August 11th. J P Morgan Chase & Co restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Unilever in a report on Thursday, September 7th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Unilever from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $66.00 target price on the stock in a report on Saturday, September 9th. Morgan Stanley restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Unilever in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. Finally, Argus initiated coverage on Unilever in a report on Friday, November 17th. They set a “hold” rating on the stock. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $46.50.

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Unilever Company Profile

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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