Unilever plc (NYSE:UL) saw an uptick in trading volume on Monday . 1,522,814 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 16% from the previous session’s volume of 1,309,046 shares.The stock last traded at $46.62 and had previously closed at $46.81.

A number of research firms recently commented on UL. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued an “overweight” rating on shares of Unilever plc in a research report on Tuesday, July 12th. Royal Bank Of Canada lowered Unilever plc from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating in a research report on Friday, July 22nd. Numis Securities Ltd lowered Unilever plc from an “add” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, April 18th. Beaufort Securities reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Unilever plc in a research report on Saturday, April 16th. Finally, RBC Capital Markets reaffirmed a “sector perform” rating on shares of Unilever plc in a research report on Sunday, July 24th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $51.00.

The stock has a market capitalization of $131.98 billion and a P/E ratio of 24.28. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $46.38 and a 200 day moving average of $45.09.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, September 7th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 5th will be paid a $0.348 dividend. This represents a $1.39 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.99%. This is an increase from Unilever plc’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.32. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 3rd.

A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Wells Fargo & Company MN raised its position in shares of Unilever plc by 8.0% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 3,260,300 shares of the company’s stock worth $140,585,000 after buying an additional 242,728 shares during the last quarter. Morningstar Investment Services LLC raised its stake in Unilever plc by 12.1% in the fourth quarter. Morningstar Investment Services LLC now owns 351,676 shares of the company’s stock valued at $15,164,000 after buying an additional 38,008 shares during the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can raised its stake in Unilever plc by 31.4% in the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 277,460 shares of the company’s stock valued at $11,964,000 after buying an additional 66,255 shares during the last quarter. US Bancorp DE raised its stake in Unilever plc by 2.4% in the fourth quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 198,793 shares of the company’s stock valued at $8,572,000 after buying an additional 4,628 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Stephens Inc. AR raised its stake in Unilever plc by 6.3% in the fourth quarter. Stephens Inc. AR now owns 122,986 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,303,000 after buying an additional 7,306 shares during the last quarter.

Unilever PLC is a supplier of food, home and personal care products. The Company’s portfolio ranges from nutritionally balanced foods to indulgent ice creams, soaps, shampoos and household care products. The Company operates through four segments: Personal Care, Foods, Home Care and Refreshment. The Personal Care segment includes sales of skin care and hair care products, deodorants and oral care products.

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