Unilever plc (NYSE:UL) was up 1% during trading on Tuesday . The company traded as high as $47.23 and last traded at $46.96, with a volume of 1,228,751 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $46.49.

A number of equities research analysts recently commented on UL shares. Morgan Stanley reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Unilever plc in a research report on Wednesday, April 6th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Unilever plc from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, June 15th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated an “overweight” rating on shares of Unilever plc in a research report on Monday, April 18th. Royal Bank Of Canada lowered Unilever plc from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating in a research report on Friday, July 22nd. Finally, RBC Capital Markets reiterated a “sector perform” rating on shares of Unilever plc in a research report on Sunday, July 24th. Two equities 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 a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $51.00.

The firm has a market cap of $133.42 billion and a PE ratio of 24.54. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $46.38 and its 200 day moving average price is $45.09.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, September 7th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 5th will be given a dividend of $0.348 per share. This represents a $1.39 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.96%. This is an increase from Unilever plc’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.32. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 3rd.

Several large investors have modified their holdings of UL. Morningstar Investment Services LLC raised its stake in shares of 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 period. Stephens Inc. AR raised its stake in shares of 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 period. Tradition Capital Management LLC raised its stake in shares of Unilever plc by 2.5% in the fourth quarter. Tradition Capital Management LLC now owns 67,696 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,919,000 after buying an additional 1,632 shares during the period. US Bancorp DE raised its stake in shares of 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 period. Finally, Freestone Capital Holdings LLC raised its stake in shares of Unilever plc by 151.6% in the fourth quarter. Freestone Capital Holdings LLC now owns 36,428 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,571,000 after buying an additional 21,950 shares during the period.

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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