Unilever N.V. (NYSE:UL) has been given a consensus recommendation of “Hold” by the eight research firms that are covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating on the company.
A number of research firms have recently weighed in on UL. HSBC began coverage on shares of Unilever in a research note on Friday, June 28th. They set a “hold” rating on the stock. DZ Bank cut shares of Unilever from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 25th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Unilever from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday. Finally, Credit Suisse Group raised shares of Unilever from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Friday, May 3rd.
A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of UL. Lazard Asset Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Unilever by 406.0% during the 1st quarter. Lazard Asset Management LLC now owns 3,039,499 shares of the company’s stock worth $175,439,000 after purchasing an additional 2,438,811 shares during the last quarter. Thoroughbred Financial Services LLC boosted its stake in shares of Unilever by 5,957.8% during the 2nd quarter. Thoroughbred Financial Services LLC now owns 1,218,640 shares of the company’s stock worth $121,864,000 after purchasing an additional 1,198,523 shares during the last quarter. Adams Diversified Equity Fund Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Unilever during the 1st quarter worth about $11,163,000. Gabalex Capital Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Unilever during the 2nd quarter worth about $7,746,000. Finally, Parsec Financial Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Unilever by 66.3% during the 1st quarter. Parsec Financial Management Inc. now owns 290,714 shares of the company’s stock worth $16,780,000 after purchasing an additional 115,875 shares during the last quarter. 6.99% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.
Unilever PLC operates in the fast moving consumer goods industry worldwide. It operates through Beauty & Personal Care, Foods & Refreshment, and Home Care segments. The Beauty & Personal Care segment offers skin care and hair care products, deodorants, and oral care products primarily under the Axe, Dove, Lux, Rexona, Sunsilk, TRESemmé, Signal, Lifebuoy, and Vaseline brands.
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