Media coverage about Unilever (NYSE:UN) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. InfoTrie rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than six thousand blog and news sources. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Unilever earned a media sentiment score of 1.08 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave press coverage about the company an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, meaning that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

UN has been the topic of several recent research reports. Barclays initiated coverage on shares of Unilever in a research note on Tuesday, April 9th. They issued an “underweight” rating on the stock. DZ Bank cut shares of Unilever from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 25th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Unilever from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 1st. Finally, Credit Suisse Group raised shares of Unilever from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Friday, May 3rd. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. Unilever has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $66.50.

Shares of NYSE UN traded down $0.48 during trading on Friday, hitting $61.62. 672,323 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,230,803. The stock has a market cap of $105.61 billion, a P/E ratio of 22.25, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.65 and a beta of 0.54. Unilever has a 1 year low of $52.08 and a 1 year high of $62.40. The stock has a fifty day moving average price of $61.01.

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The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, June 5th. Investors of record on Friday, May 3rd were given a $0.4641 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, May 2nd. This is a positive change from Unilever’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.44. This represents a $1.86 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.01%. Unilever’s payout ratio is currently 57.04%.

Unilever Company Profile

Unilever N.V. operates in the fast-moving consumer goods industry worldwide. It operates in three segments: Beauty & Personal Care, Foods & Refreshment, and Home Care. The Beauty & Personal Care segment offers skin care and hair care products, deodorants, and oral care products. This segment markets its products under the Axe, Dove, Lux, Rexona, Sunsilk, TRESemmé, Signal, Lifebuoy, and Vaseline brands.

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