Unilever PLC (UL) Is A Stock You Should Watch


As of Friday close, Unilever PLC’s (NYSE:UL) stock was down -$0.57, moving down -1.15 percent to $49.15. The average number of shares traded per day over the past five days has been 2,646,260 shares. 2 times new highs have been achieved over the past 5 days, with a $0.41 gain in that time frame. In the last twenty days, the average volume was 1,913,720, while in the previous 50 days, it was 1,888,708.

Since last month, UL stock retreated -4.71%. Shares of the company fell to $48.57 on 03/15/23, the lowest level in the past month. A 52-week high of $52.34 was reached on 02/14/23 after having rallying from a 52-week low of $42.44. Since the beginning of this year, UL’s stock price has dropped by -2.38% or -$1.20, and marked a new high 8 times. However, the stock has declined by -6.09% since its 52-week high.

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Valuation Metrics

Right now, Unilever PLC (UL) has a P/E ratio of about 15.55. The stock’s beta is 0.43. Besides these, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 1.95, the price-to-book (PB) ratio of 6.20, and the price-to-cash flow ratio of 94.39 may also be considered.

The latest dividend of $0.4569 per share was paid out, which is 8.5% more than last year’s $0.4211. On Thursday February 9 2023, a $0.0358 dividend increase was announced.

Financial Health

In the recent quarter, Unilever PLC’s quick ratio stood at 0.50, while its current ratio was 0.80, showing that the company is not able to pay off its debt. According to company report, the long-term debt-to-equity ratio for the recent quarter was 1.25, and the total debt-to-equity ratio was 1.55. In the recent year, EBITDA margin amounted to 19.36%, whereas operating margins totaled 17.60%. Based on annual data, UL earned $51.96 billion in gross profit and brought in $63.29 billion in revenue.

A company’s management is another factor that investors consider when determining the profitability of an investment. In the past year, return on investment (ROI) was 18.00%. Return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months was 41.70%.

Technical Picture

This quick technical analysis looks at Unilever PLC’s (UL) price momentum. With a historical volatility rate of 16.47%, the RSI 9-day stood at 44.01% on 17 March.

With respect to its five-day moving average, the current Unilever PLC price is up by +0.84% percent or $0.41. At present, UL shares trade -3.32% below its 20-day simple moving average and +10.30% percent above its 100-day simple moving average. However, the stock is currently trading approximately -3.27% below its SMA50 and +1.70% above its SMA200.

Stochastic coefficient K was 36.36% and Stochastic coefficient D was 36.13%, while ATR was 0.72. Given the Stochastic reading of 31.10% for the 14-day period, the RSI (14) reading has been calculated as 44.08%. As of today, the MACD Oscillator reading stands at 0.22, while the 14-day reading stands at -0.08.

Analyst Ratings

Unilever PLC downgraded its rating on Unilever PLC (NYSE: UL) to a Mkt perform in a note to investors on December 05, 2022. The analysts firm previously had an Outperform rating on the stock.Unilever PLC (UL) has been rated Hold by analysts. According to 3 brokerage firms, UL is a sell, and 11 firms recommend it is a Hold. There are 1 analyst who say the stock is underweight. A total of 0 analysts rate Unilever PLC stock as buy, with 9 recommending it as overweight.

With a median target price of $54.66, the current consensus forecast for the stock is $36.40 – $71.81. Based on these forecasts, analysts predict Unilever PLC (UL) will achieve an average price target of $53.37.


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