Media stories about Univar (NYSE:UNVR) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Univar earned a media sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.3330084066357 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
A number of brokerages recently issued reports on UNVR. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Univar from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $34.00 price target on the stock in a report on Tuesday, August 8th. BidaskClub downgraded Univar from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, August 10th. Barclays PLC restated a “hold” rating and set a $32.00 price target on shares of Univar in a report on Thursday, August 31st. Finally, SunTrust Banks, Inc. restated a “hold” rating on shares of Univar in a report on Monday, November 6th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $33.33.
Univar (NYSE UNVR) traded up $0.23 during trading on Friday, reaching $29.43. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 155,855 shares, compared to its average volume of 858,637. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.70, a quick ratio of 1.21 and a current ratio of 1.79. The company has a market cap of $4,112.74, a PE ratio of 25.17, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.45 and a beta of 1.47. Univar has a fifty-two week low of $24.25 and a fifty-two week high of $33.15.
In other Univar news, Director Mark John Byrne sold 50,391 shares of Univar stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $29.73, for a total transaction of $1,498,124.43. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 14,494 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $430,906.62. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director Christopher D. Pappas acquired 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 8th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $30.84 per share, for a total transaction of $308,400.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 59,840 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,845,465.60. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders own 1.82% of the company’s stock.
Univar Inc is a distributor of commodity and specialty chemicals. The Company operates through four segments: Univar USA (USA); Univar Canada (Canada); Univar Europe and the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Rest of World. The Company’s USA segment supplies a range of commodity and specialty chemicals, as well as services to a range of end markets, including manufacturing and industrial production sectors in the United States.
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