Marshall Wace North America L.P. lowered its holdings in shares of Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL) by 20.8% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 4,057 shares of the company’s stock after selling 1,067 shares during the quarter. Marshall Wace North America L.P.’s holdings in Unilever PLC were worth $219,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Mercer Capital Advisers Inc. raised its position in shares of Unilever PLC by 2.6% during the second quarter. Mercer Capital Advisers Inc. now owns 1,950 shares of the company’s stock worth $106,000 after purchasing an additional 50 shares during the period. BTIM Corp. raised its position in shares of Unilever PLC by 1.8% during the second quarter. BTIM Corp. now owns 7,063 shares of the company’s stock worth $382,000 after purchasing an additional 126 shares during the period. HL Financial Services LLC raised its position in shares of Unilever PLC by 0.6% during the first quarter. HL Financial Services LLC now owns 22,811 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,126,000 after purchasing an additional 132 shares during the period. Hanson & Doremus Investment Management raised its position in shares of Unilever PLC by 7.2% during the second quarter. Hanson & Doremus Investment Management now owns 2,230 shares of the company’s stock worth $121,000 after purchasing an additional 150 shares during the period. Finally, Bruderman Asset Management LLC raised its position in shares of Unilever PLC by 0.9% during the first quarter. Bruderman Asset Management LLC now owns 17,610 shares of the company’s stock worth $869,000 after purchasing an additional 153 shares during the period. 7.28% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on the company. Royal Bank Of Canada lowered Unilever PLC from a “sector perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Friday, August 11th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Unilever PLC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 2nd. J P Morgan Chase & Co reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of Unilever PLC in a research report on Thursday, September 7th. Finally, UBS AG reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of Unilever PLC in a research report on Monday, July 17th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $46.00.

Shares of Unilever PLC (UL) opened at 58.98 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $165.88 billion, a P/E ratio of 24.81 and a beta of 0.88. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $57.78 and a 200 day moving average price of $53.83. Unilever PLC has a 1-year low of $38.58 and a 1-year high of $59.68.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, September 6th. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 4th were issued a dividend of $0.409 per share. This represents a $1.64 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.77%. This is a positive change from Unilever PLC’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.38. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, August 2nd.

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About Unilever PLC

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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL)

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