HRT Financial LLC Acquires New Holdings in Universal Corp (NYSE:UVV)

HRT Financial LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Universal Corp (NYSE:UVV) in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor acquired 7,508 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $406,000.

Several other large investors have also made changes to their positions in UVV. Captrust Financial Advisors raised its position in Universal by 55.2% in the 4th quarter. Captrust Financial Advisors now owns 933 shares of the company’s stock worth $51,000 after purchasing an additional 332 shares during the period. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank increased its position in shares of Universal by 20.7% during the fourth quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 1,771 shares of the company’s stock worth $96,000 after acquiring an additional 304 shares during the period. Bank of Montreal Can increased its position in shares of Universal by 27.9% during the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 1,907 shares of the company’s stock worth $104,000 after acquiring an additional 416 shares during the period. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC increased its position in shares of Universal by 71.5% during the third quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 2,024 shares of the company’s stock worth $132,000 after acquiring an additional 844 shares during the period. Finally, Quantamental Technologies LLC purchased a new position in shares of Universal during the fourth quarter worth approximately $119,000. 85.46% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

In related news, insider James A. Huffman sold 2,277 shares of Universal stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $59.52, for a total transaction of $135,527.04. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, VP Robert Peebles sold 7,274 shares of Universal stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $59.56, for a total transaction of $433,239.44. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 2.50% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NYSE:UVV traded down $1.26 during trading on Friday, reaching $51.48. 301,142 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 151,747. The firm has a market cap of $1.29 billion, a PE ratio of 11.05 and a beta of 0.85. Universal Corp has a 12-month low of $46.40 and a 12-month high of $76.98. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.27, a quick ratio of 2.07 and a current ratio of 4.70.

Universal (NYSE:UVV) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, February 7th. The company reported $1.73 EPS for the quarter. The business had revenue of $636.11 million for the quarter. Universal had a net margin of 4.77% and a return on equity of 8.54%.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, May 6th. Investors of record on Monday, April 8th will be issued a dividend of $0.75 per share. This represents a $3.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.83%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, April 5th.

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About Universal

Universal Corporation engages in the supply of leaf tobacco products worldwide. The company operates through North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Dark Air-Cured, Oriental, and Special Services segments. It is involved in procuring, financing, processing, packing, storing, and shipping leaf tobacco for sale to manufacturers of consumer tobacco products.

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