Headlines about Univar (NYSE:UNVR) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Univar earned a daily sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.9567733453041 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
Several brokerages recently issued reports on UNVR. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Univar from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, October 5th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Univar from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 7th. Jefferies Group reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $39.00 price target on shares of Univar in a research report on Friday, September 15th. Finally, SunTrust Banks reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Univar in a research report on Monday, November 6th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $33.33.
Shares of Univar (NYSE UNVR) traded up $0.19 during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $31.58. 576,341 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 768,596. The company has a market cap of $4,450.00 and a P/E ratio of 137.30. Univar has a 12-month low of $26.80 and a 12-month high of $33.15. The company has a quick ratio of 1.21, a current ratio of 1.79 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.70.
Univar (NYSE:UNVR) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Friday, November 3rd. The basic materials company reported $0.36 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.23 by $0.13. The firm had revenue of $2.05 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.97 billion. Univar had a net margin of 0.41% and a return on equity of 17.30%. The company’s revenue was up 2.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.17 EPS. equities analysts expect that Univar will post 1.03 earnings per share for the current year.
In related news, Director Christopher D. Pappas bought 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 8th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $30.84 per share, with a total value of $308,400.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now owns 59,840 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,845,465.60. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Mark John Byrne sold 50,391 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $29.73, for a total transaction of $1,498,124.43. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 14,494 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $430,906.62. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 10,140,425 shares of company stock worth $292,020,815 over the last 90 days. Insiders own 1.82% of the company’s stock.
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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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