Media coverage about Unilever (NYSE:UL) has trended somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Unilever earned a daily sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the company an impact score of 45.5816945157378 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Unilever (UL) traded down $0.07 during trading on Thursday, reaching $54.02. The company had a trading volume of 1,230,475 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,070,000. The firm has a market cap of $160,940.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.32, a PEG ratio of 2.07 and a beta of 0.89. Unilever has a 12-month low of $40.31 and a 12-month high of $60.13.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, December 13th. Investors of record on Friday, November 3rd were given a dividend of $0.4217 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 2nd. This is a positive change from Unilever’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.41. This represents a $1.69 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.12%. Unilever’s payout ratio is 69.01%.

Several equities analysts recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Unilever from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 27th. Morgan Stanley reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of Unilever in a research report on Wednesday, October 11th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of Unilever in a research report on Monday, December 18th. Finally, Argus assumed coverage on Unilever in a research report on Friday, November 17th. They set a “hold” rating on the stock. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. Unilever has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $44.50.

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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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