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 2.58B with Short Float at 0.08%. Institutions hold 3.75% of the Float.
The top institutional shareholder in the company is Blackrock Inc. with over 18.77 million shares valued at $1.13 billion. The investor’s holdings represent 0.71% of the UL Shares outstanding. As of Dec 30, 2020, the second largest holder is Gardner Russo & Gardner with 11.16 million shares valued at $673.35 million to account for 0.42% of the shares outstanding. The other top investors are Wellington Management Group, LLP which holds 10.17 million shares representing 0.39% and valued at over $613.7 million, while Bank of America Corporation holds 0.38% of the shares totaling 10.07 million with a market value of $607.61 million.
Unilever PLC (NYSE: UL) is -6.91% lower on its value in year-to-date trading and has touched a low of $47.85 and a high of $63.89 in the current 52-week trading range. The question becomes, what are the chances the stock will make a comeback and enjoy potential growth. Why not look at analysts view on what the future holds for the stock. The UL stock was last observed hovering at around $55.98 in the last trading session, with the day’s gains setting it 0.21% off its average median price target of $66.50 for the next 12 months. It is also 26.26% off the consensus price target high of $76.20 offered by 24 analysts, but current levels are -15.71% lower than the price target low of $48.56 for the same period.
Currently trading at $56.19, the stock is 2.82% and 0.06% above its SMA20 and SMA50 respectively. However, with a daily trading volume of 1.36 million and changing 0.38% at the moment leaves the stock -4.16% off its SMA200. UL registered 12.74% gain for a year compared to 6-month loss of -7.26%. The firm has a 50-day simple moving average (SMA 50) of $54.73 and a 200-day simple moving average (SMA200) of $58.87.
The stock witnessed a 4.42% gain in the last 1 month and extending the period to 3 months gives it a -3.77%, and is 1.81% up 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 1.11% over the week and 1.24% over the month.
Unilever PLC (UL) has around 148949 employees, a market worth around $145.99B and $59.67B in sales. Current P/E ratio is 22.50 and Fwd P/E is 16.77. Profit margin for the company is 11.00%. Distance from 52-week low is 17.43% and -12.05% from its 52-week high. The company has generated returns on investments over the last 12 months (15.20%).
Unilever PLC (UL) Analyst Forecasts
Analyst recommendations provided by FactSet shows that the consensus forecast for Unilever PLC (UL) is a “Overweight”. 24 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”. 14 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 -0.90% this year.
Unilever PLC (UL): Who are the competitors?
The company’s main competitors (and peers) include Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL) that is trading 24.13% up over the past 12 months and The Procter & Gamble Company (PG) that is 26.14% higher over the same period. General Mills Inc. (GIS) is 21.94% up on the 1-year trading charts. Short interest in the company’s stock has risen 14.07% from the last report on Feb 11, 2021 to stand at a total of 1.71 million short shares sold with a short interest ratio of 0.69.