News stories about Univar (NYSE:UNVR) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Univar earned a news impact score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 47.0519719892328 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
A number of equities analysts recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Univar from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. SunTrust Banks reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Univar in a research note on Monday, November 6th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered Univar from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, October 13th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $33.50.
Shares of Univar (NYSE:UNVR) traded down $1.46 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $28.50. The stock had a trading volume of 3,160,621 shares, compared to its average volume of 647,390. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.70, a quick ratio of 1.21 and a current ratio of 1.79. Univar has a 12-month low of $26.80 and a 12-month high of $33.15. The stock has a market capitalization of $4,017.65, a P/E ratio of 123.92, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.40 and a beta of 1.24.
Univar (NYSE:UNVR) last released its quarterly earnings data on Friday, November 3rd. The basic materials company reported $0.36 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.23 by $0.13. The company had revenue of $2.05 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.97 billion. Univar had a return on equity of 17.30% and a net margin of 0.41%. Univar’s quarterly revenue was up 2.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.17 EPS. research analysts expect that Univar will post 1.03 EPS for the current year.
In other Univar news, major shareholder Associates Viii Ltd. Cd&R sold 10,000,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, December 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $28.79, for a total transaction of $287,900,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Mark John Byrne sold 90,034 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $29.13, for a total value of $2,622,690.42. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 63,994 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,864,145.22. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 10,234,012 shares of company stock worth $294,934,867 over the last 90 days. 1.82% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
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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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