News articles about Unilever plc (NYSE:UL) have been trending somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to AlphaOne Sentiment. The research group, a subsidiary of Accern, ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. AlphaOne ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Unilever plc earned a coverage optimism score of 0.16 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned news headlines about the company an impact score of 56 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have impacted AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

UL has been the subject of several analyst reports. Barclays PLC raised Unilever plc from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a report on Saturday, March 25th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc reaffirmed a “sell” rating on shares of Unilever plc in a report on Friday, March 24th. Liberum Capital reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Unilever plc in a report on Monday, March 27th. Macquarie initiated coverage on Unilever plc in a report on Friday, March 17th. They issued an “outperform” rating for the company. Finally, ABN Amro cut Unilever plc from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, March 31st. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $36.00.

Unilever plc (NYSE:UL) traded up 1.27% during trading on Tuesday, hitting $51.86. The stock had a trading volume of 1,214,269 shares. The stock has a market capitalization of $147.27 billion, a P/E ratio of 26.59 and a beta of 0.82. Unilever plc has a 52 week low of $38.58 and a 52 week high of $52.02. The company has a 50-day moving average of $50.18 and a 200-day moving average of $44.05.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, June 7th. Investors of record on Friday, May 5th will be paid a dividend of $0.383 per share. This is a positive change from Unilever plc’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.35. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 3rd. This represents a $1.53 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.99%.

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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.

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