Shares of Univar Inc (NYSE:UNVR) have received a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the ten ratings firms that are covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have assigned a hold recommendation, four have assigned a buy recommendation and one has given a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $29.75.

UNVR has been the subject of several recent research reports. ValuEngine downgraded Univar from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, October 19th. Berenberg Bank raised Univar from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $24.00 price target for the company in a report on Tuesday, September 4th. Wells Fargo & Co set a $27.00 price target on Univar and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 7th. Deutsche Bank reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $35.00 price target on shares of Univar in a report on Friday, September 21st. Finally, TheStreet downgraded Univar from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Tuesday.

Shares of UNVR traded down $0.39 during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $19.50. 1,351,977 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,122,605. The company has a current ratio of 1.77, a quick ratio of 1.14 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.07. The firm has a market cap of $2.82 billion, a PE ratio of 14.03, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.07 and a beta of 1.37. Univar has a 52-week low of $19.34 and a 52-week high of $31.95.

Univar (NYSE:UNVR) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, November 6th. The basic materials company reported $0.40 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.42 by ($0.02). Univar had a return on equity of 19.82% and a net margin of 2.30%. The business had revenue of $2.13 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.18 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.36 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 4.0% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, equities research analysts forecast that Univar will post 1.61 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Univar news, VP Jeffrey W. Carr bought 1,500 shares of Univar stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 8th. The stock was bought at an average price of $23.29 per share, with a total value of $34,935.00. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Christopher D. Pappas bought 10,000 shares of Univar stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 8th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $23.11 per share, with a total value of $231,100.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have purchased 22,750 shares of company stock valued at $584,575. Corporate insiders own 1.82% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in UNVR. BlueMountain Capital Management LLC raised its stake in shares of Univar by 1,532.7% during the 2nd quarter. BlueMountain Capital Management LLC now owns 671,659 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $17,624,000 after buying an additional 630,521 shares during the last quarter. Natixis acquired a new position in shares of Univar during the 2nd quarter worth $1,637,000. NumerixS Investment Technologies Inc raised its stake in shares of Univar by 148.6% during the 2nd quarter. NumerixS Investment Technologies Inc now owns 8,700 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $225,000 after buying an additional 5,200 shares during the last quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP raised its stake in shares of Univar by 78.8% during the 2nd quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 176,862 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $4,641,000 after buying an additional 77,970 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Tower Research Capital LLC TRC raised its stake in shares of Univar by 96.8% during the 2nd quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 17,114 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $449,000 after buying an additional 8,418 shares during the last quarter. 93.66% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Univar Company Profile

Univar Inc distributes commodity and specialty chemical products, and related services worldwide. It offers herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, seeds, micro and macro nutrients, horticultural products, fertilizers, and feeds; storage, packaging, and logistics services for crop protection companies, storing chemicals, feed-grade materials, and seed and equipment parties; and pest control products and equipment.

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