Gierl Augustine Investment Management Inc boosted its stake in shares of Unilever plc (NYSE:UL) by 0.2% during the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 4,753 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 11 shares during the period. Gierl Augustine Investment Management Inc’s holdings in Unilever plc were worth $235,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.
Several other hedge funds have also recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. boosted its position in Unilever plc by 1.8% in the fourth quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. now owns 82,763 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,368,000 after buying an additional 1,494 shares during the last quarter. Berkshire Asset Management LLC PA boosted its position in Unilever plc by 89.5% in the third quarter. Berkshire Asset Management LLC PA now owns 58,241 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,761,000 after buying an additional 27,500 shares during the last quarter. Richard C. Young & CO. LTD. boosted its position in Unilever plc by 1.4% in the fourth quarter. Richard C. Young & CO. LTD. now owns 222,912 shares of the company’s stock worth $9,073,000 after buying an additional 3,123 shares during the last quarter. Guardian Capital Advisors LP boosted its position in Unilever plc by 12.4% in the fourth quarter. Guardian Capital Advisors LP now owns 69,345 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,858,000 after buying an additional 7,674 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Morgan Stanley boosted its position in Unilever plc by 0.7% in the third quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 2,305,130 shares of the company’s stock worth $109,264,000 after buying an additional 16,682 shares during the last quarter. 8.60% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
Shares of Unilever plc (NYSE:UL) traded down 0.75% during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $50.42. 513,379 shares of the stock were exchanged. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $49.04 and a 200 day moving average of $43.72. The firm has a market cap of $143.18 billion, a P/E ratio of 25.96 and a beta of 0.82. Unilever plc has a 12-month low of $38.58 and a 12-month high of $50.85.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, March 15th. Investors of record on Friday, February 10th were paid a dividend of $0.339 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, February 8th. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.67%.
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A number of research firms have issued reports on UL. Seaport Global Securities reduced their target price on shares of Unilever plc from $28.00 to $26.00 in a report on Monday, April 3rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Unilever plc from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $46.00 target price on the stock in a report on Saturday, January 7th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc reiterated a “sell” rating on shares of Unilever plc in a report on Friday, March 24th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Unilever plc in a report on Tuesday, March 28th. Finally, Macquarie began coverage on shares of Unilever plc in a report on Friday, March 17th. They set an “outperform” rating on the stock. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the stock. Unilever plc has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $36.00.
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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