Advisors Preferred LLC acquired a new position in shares of Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL) in the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund acquired 2,101 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $122,000.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of the company. KCG Holdings Inc. lifted its position in Unilever PLC by 64.5% in the 1st quarter. KCG Holdings Inc. now owns 10,922 shares of the company’s stock worth $539,000 after buying an additional 4,284 shares during the last quarter. Richard C. Young & CO. LTD. lifted its position in Unilever PLC by 1.0% in the 2nd quarter. Richard C. Young & CO. LTD. now owns 232,677 shares of the company’s stock worth $12,592,000 after buying an additional 2,236 shares during the last quarter. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. lifted its position in Unilever PLC by 9.2% in the 2nd quarter. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. now owns 82,998 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,492,000 after buying an additional 7,023 shares during the last quarter. Renaissance Group LLC lifted its position in Unilever PLC by 0.9% in the 2nd quarter. Renaissance Group LLC now owns 315,486 shares of the company’s stock worth $17,074,000 after buying an additional 2,869 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Matthew Goff Investment Advisor LLC lifted its position in Unilever PLC by 10.6% in the 2nd quarter. Matthew Goff Investment Advisor LLC now owns 57,122 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,091,000 after buying an additional 5,472 shares during the last quarter. 7.30% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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Shares of Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL) traded up $0.13 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $55.84. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 909,945 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,668,706. Unilever PLC has a 12-month low of $38.58 and a 12-month high of $60.13.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 13th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 3rd will be issued a $0.4217 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 2nd. This represents a $1.69 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.02%. This is a positive change from Unilever PLC’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.41.

A number of research firms recently weighed in on UL. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Unilever PLC from a “buy” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, October 14th. J P Morgan Chase & Co restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Unilever PLC in a research report on Thursday, September 7th. Morgan Stanley restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Unilever PLC in a research report on Wednesday, October 11th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada downgraded Unilever PLC from a “sector perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Friday, August 11th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $46.50.

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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL)

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