News headlines about Unilever (NYSE:UN) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Unilever earned a news sentiment score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the company an impact score of 44.969331645846 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:
- Nestle’s Deal Junkie CEO Needs to Show He’s Also a Seller Unilever LOreal (bloombergquint.com)
- FTSE 100 data giant Relx joins Unilever in abandoning its dual status (telegraph.co.uk)
- Nestle’s Deal Junkie CEO Needs to Show He’s Also a Seller – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Unilever NV (UN) Ex-Dividend Date Scheduled for February 15, 2018 – Nasdaq (nasdaq.com)
- Unilever Threatens to Pull Ads From Facebook, Google (investorplace.com)
UN has been the subject of several analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research cut Unilever from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, January 12th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Unilever in a report on Monday, December 18th. Investec upgraded Unilever from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, January 29th. Finally, ABN Amro upgraded Unilever from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating, three have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $66.00.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, March 21st. Investors of record on Friday, February 16th will be issued 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 3.26%. Unilever’s dividend payout ratio is currently 56.55%.
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Unilever Company Profile
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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