Unilever plc (NYSE:UL)’s share price gapped up prior to trading on Monday . The stock had previously closed at $45.64, but opened at $46.02. Unilever plc shares last traded at $46.54, with a volume of 816,498 shares.

A number of brokerages recently issued reports on UL. JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated a “buy” rating on shares of Unilever plc in a research note on Thursday, September 1st. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “buy” rating on shares of Unilever plc in a research note on Thursday, August 25th. Sanford C. Bernstein began coverage on Unilever plc in a research note on Monday, August 22nd. They issued an “outperform” rating on the stock. RBC Capital Markets restated a “sector perform” rating on shares of Unilever plc in a research note on Sunday, July 24th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada cut Unilever plc from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating in a research note on Friday, July 22nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $51.00.

The firm’s 50 day moving average is $46.80 and its 200 day moving average is $46.03. The company has a market cap of $130.74 billion, a PE ratio of 23.727 and a beta of 0.70.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, September 7th. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 5th were given a $0.348 dividend. This represents a $1.39 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.01%. This is a boost from Unilever plc’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.32. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, August 3rd.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Jackson Grant Investment Advisers Inc. boosted its position in shares of Unilever plc by 111.3% in the second quarter. Jackson Grant Investment Advisers Inc. now owns 1,902 shares of the company’s stock valued at $195,000 after buying an additional 1,002 shares during the last quarter. Advisory Services Network LLC boosted its position in shares of Unilever plc by 17.2% in the second quarter. Advisory Services Network LLC now owns 2,446 shares of the company’s stock valued at $117,000 after buying an additional 359 shares during the last quarter. Mycio Wealth Partners LLC boosted its position in shares of Unilever plc by 69.1% in the second quarter. Mycio Wealth Partners LLC now owns 2,537 shares of the company’s stock valued at $122,000 after buying an additional 1,037 shares during the last quarter. Kelly Lawrence W & Associates Inc. CA boosted its position in shares of Unilever plc by 112.5% in the second quarter. Kelly Lawrence W & Associates Inc. CA now owns 2,550 shares of the company’s stock valued at $122,000 after buying an additional 1,350 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Integrated Wealth Management boosted its position in shares of Unilever plc by 0.7% in the second quarter. Integrated Wealth Management now owns 2,601 shares of the company’s stock valued at $125,000 after buying an additional 17 shares during the last quarter.

Unilever plc Company Profile

Unilever PLC is a supplier of food, home and personal care products. The Company’s portfolio ranges from nutritionally balanced foods to indulgent ice creams, soaps, shampoos and household care products. The Company operates through four segments: Personal Care, Foods, Home Care and Refreshment. The Personal Care segment includes sales of skin care and hair care products, deodorants and oral care products.

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