Media coverage about Univar (NYSE:UNVR) has been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Univar earned a news sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.9567733453041 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.
Shares of Univar (UNVR) traded up $0.07 during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $30.92. The company had a trading volume of 547,854 shares, compared to its average volume of 591,033. The company has a quick ratio of 1.21, a current ratio of 1.79 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.70. The firm has a market capitalization of $4,351.76, a price-to-earnings ratio of 134.44, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.69 and a beta of 1.43. Univar has a twelve month low of $26.80 and a twelve month high of $33.15.
Univar (NYSE:UNVR) last issued its earnings results on Friday, November 3rd. The basic materials company reported $0.36 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.23 by $0.13. The business had revenue of $2.05 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.97 billion. Univar had a return on equity of 17.30% and a net margin of 0.41%. Univar’s revenue was up 2.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.17 earnings per share. equities analysts anticipate that Univar will post 1.03 EPS for the current year.
A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Univar from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. BidaskClub raised Univar from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. Jefferies Group reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $39.00 price objective on shares of Univar in a research report on Friday, September 15th. Finally, SunTrust Banks reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Univar in a research report on Monday, November 6th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $33.33.
In other Univar news, Director Mark John Byrne sold 90,034 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $29.13, for a total transaction of $2,622,690.42. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 63,994 shares in the company, valued at $1,864,145.22. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, 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 value of $287,900,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 10,140,425 shares of company stock valued at $292,020,815 over the last 90 days. 1.82% of the stock is currently owned by corporate 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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