Eqis Capital Management Inc. increased its stake in shares of Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL) by 2.6% during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 17,187 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 441 shares during the period. Eqis Capital Management Inc.’s holdings in Unilever PLC were worth $930,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other institutional investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in UL. Carroll Financial Associates Inc. increased its position in Unilever PLC by 12.2% in the first quarter. Carroll Financial Associates Inc. now owns 2,374 shares of the company’s stock valued at $117,000 after buying an additional 258 shares in the last quarter. Hartford Financial Management Inc. increased its position in Unilever PLC by 143.7% in the first quarter. Hartford Financial Management Inc. now owns 2,476 shares of the company’s stock valued at $122,000 after buying an additional 1,460 shares in the last quarter. Perigon Wealth Management LLC bought a new position in Unilever PLC during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $130,000. NEXT Financial Group Inc increased its position in Unilever PLC by 7.6% in the second quarter. NEXT Financial Group Inc now owns 3,616 shares of the company’s stock valued at $196,000 after buying an additional 256 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Northstar Group Inc. bought a new position in Unilever PLC during the second quarter valued at approximately $211,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 8.56% of the company’s stock.

Unilever PLC (NYSE UL) opened at 55.90 on Monday. The company has a 50 day moving average of $54.61 and a 200 day moving average of $48.09. Unilever PLC has a 1-year low of $38.58 and a 1-year high of $56.48. The firm has a market capitalization of $158.75 billion, a P/E ratio of 26.85 and a beta of 0.88.

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Several research firms have commented on UL. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Unilever PLC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, June 22nd. Seaport Global Securities decreased their price objective on shares of Unilever PLC from $28.00 to $26.00 in a report on Monday, April 3rd. J P Morgan Chase & Co reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Unilever PLC in a report on Tuesday, March 28th. Liberum Capital reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Unilever PLC in a report on Monday, March 27th. Finally, ABN Amro downgraded shares of Unilever PLC from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, March 31st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $43.50.

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.

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