News stories about Univar (NYSE:UNVR) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing 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 news sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.0658608867093 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.
Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:
UNVR has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Univar from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 19th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Univar from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, September 8th. SunTrust Banks, Inc. restated a “hold” rating on shares of Univar in a research report on Monday, November 6th. Barclays PLC restated a “hold” rating and issued a $32.00 price objective on shares of Univar in a research report on Thursday, August 31st. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC restated a “buy” rating and issued a $39.00 price objective on shares of Univar in a research report on Friday, September 15th. 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 company. Univar has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $33.33.
Univar (NYSE UNVR) traded up $0.68 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $30.97. 1,156,200 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 863,398. Univar has a 52 week low of $23.48 and a 52 week high of $33.15. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.70, a quick ratio of 1.14 and a current ratio of 1.79. The firm has a market cap of $4,266.26, a P/E ratio of 26.11, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.55 and a beta of 1.47.
Univar (NYSE:UNVR) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Friday, November 3rd. The basic materials company reported $0.36 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.23 by $0.13. Univar had a net margin of 0.41% and a return on equity of 17.30%. The company had revenue of $2.05 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.97 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.17 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.5% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts expect that Univar will post 1.03 earnings per share for the current year.
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Univar Company Profile
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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