What should you know before buying stock in Unilever PLC (UL)

Unilever PLC (NYSE: UL) is -0.89% lower on its value in year-to-date trading and has touched a low of $44.06 and a high of $63.89 in the current 52-week trading range. The UL stock was last observed hovering at around $59.82 in the last trading session, with the day’s gains setting it 0.07% off its average median price target of $67.90 for the next 12 months. It is also 19.89% off the consensus price target high of $74.76 offered by 21 analysts, but current levels are -17.62% lower than the price target low of $50.92 for the same period.

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Currently trading at $59.89, the stock is 1.04% and 0.47% above its SMA20 and SMA50 respectively. However, with a daily trading volume of 1.64 million and changing 0.12% at the moment leaves the stock 4.23% off its SMA200. UL registered 7.13% gain for a year compared to 6-month gain of 11.38%. The firm has a 50-day simple moving average (SMA 50) of $59.24 and a 200-day simple moving average (SMA200) of $59.65.

The stock witnessed a 3.14% loss in the last 1 month and extending the period to 3 months gives it a -3.58%, and is -1.77% down over the last 5 days. If we measure the stock’s price variations over the week and the month, we find that the volatility rates stand at 1.46% over the week and 1.27% over the month.

Unilever PLC (UL) has around 149867 employees, a market worth around $157.55B and $63.40B in sales. Current P/E ratio is 21.68 and Fwd P/E is 19.13. Distance from 52-week low is 35.93% and -6.26% from its 52-week high. The company has generated returns on investments over the last 12 months (15.80%).

Unilever PLC (UL) Analyst Forecasts

Analyst recommendations provided by FactSet shows that the consensus forecast for Unilever PLC (UL) is a “Overweight”. 21 analysts offering their recommendations for the stock have an average rating of 1.00, where 4 rate it as a Hold and 1 think it is a “Overweight”. 11 of the analysts rate the stock as a “Buy”. 4 analysts have rated the stock as a Sell or Underperform.

Unilever PLC is expected to release its quarterly report on 04/29/2021 and quarterly earnings per share for the current quarter are estimated at $0.The EPS is expected to shrink by -38.60% this year.

Unilever PLC (UL) Top Institutional Holders

758 institutions hold shares in Unilever PLC (UL), with institutional investors hold 3.75% of the company’s shares. The shares outstanding are 2.62B, and float is at 1.12B with Short Float at 0.12%. Institutions hold 3.75% of the Float.

The top institutional shareholder in the company is Blackrock Inc. with over 20.39 million shares valued at $1.26 billion. The investor’s holdings represent 15.57% of the UL Shares outstanding. As of Sep 29, 2020, the second largest holder is Gardner Russo & Gardner with 11.67 million shares valued at $719.71 million to account for 8.91% of the shares outstanding. The other top investors are Bank of America Corporation which holds 10.68 million shares representing 8.16% and valued at over $658.82 million, while Wellington Management Company, LLP holds 7.87% of the shares totaling 10.3 million with a market value of $635.2 million.

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Unilever PLC (UL): Who are the competitors?

The company’s main competitors (and peers) include Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL) that is trading 18.09% up over the past 12 months. General Mills Inc. (GIS) is 9.38% up on the 1-year trading charts. Short interest in the company’s stock has fallen -54.35% from the last report on Nov 12, 2020 to stand at a total of 2.13 million short shares sold with a short interest ratio of 0.6.

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