Media coverage about Univar (NYSE:UNVR) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Univar earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the basic materials company an impact score of 47.4964867527709 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

A number of research firms recently weighed in on UNVR. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Univar from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $34.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Univar from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 3rd. Barclays PLC upped their target price on shares of Univar from $33.00 to $34.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Monday, August 7th. Berenberg Bank began coverage on shares of Univar in a report on Thursday, July 6th. They issued a “sell” rating and a $24.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC restated a “buy” rating and issued a $36.00 target price on shares of Univar in a report on Tuesday, May 2nd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $32.83.

Shares of Univar (NYSE:UNVR) opened at 27.16 on Friday. The stock’s market cap is $3.82 billion. Univar has a 1-year low of $18.60 and a 1-year high of $33.15. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $29.65 and a 200 day moving average of $30.24.

Univar (NYSE:UNVR) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Friday, August 4th. The basic materials company reported $0.34 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.31 by $0.03. Univar had a negative net margin of 0.85% and a positive return on equity of 15.46%. The business had revenue of $2.25 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.27 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.29 earnings per share. Univar’s quarterly revenue was down .7% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts forecast that Univar will post $1.04 earnings per share for the current year.

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About Univar

Univar Inc is a distributor of commodity and specialty chemicals. The Company operates through four segments: Univar USA (USA); Univar Canada (Canada); Univar Europe and the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Rest of World. The Company’s USA segment supplies a range of commodity and specialty chemicals, as well as services to a range of end markets, including manufacturing and industrial production sectors in the United States.

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