Headlines about Unilever (NYSE:UN) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Unilever earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the company an impact score of 45.1890390412193 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

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UN has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Investec upgraded Unilever from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, January 29th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Unilever from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 27th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Unilever in a research note on Monday, December 18th. Finally, ABN Amro upgraded Unilever from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating, two have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $66.00.

Shares of Unilever (UN) traded up $0.22 on Friday, reaching $53.03. The company had a trading volume of 1,337,317 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,731,911. Unilever has a 52-week low of $49.27 and a 52-week high of $61.62.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, March 21st. Investors of record on Friday, February 16th will be paid a dividend of $0.445 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, February 15th. This is a boost from Unilever’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.35. This represents a $1.78 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.36%.

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About Unilever

Unilever N.V. 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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