Shares of Univar Inc (NYSE:UNVR) have earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the six ratings firms that are covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have given a hold recommendation and one has issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average twelve-month target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $25.00.
Several brokerages have recently weighed in on UNVR. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Univar from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $22.00 price target for the company. in a research note on Saturday, October 19th. ValuEngine raised shares of Univar from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 7th.
Large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Marshall Wace North America L.P. bought a new position in shares of Univar in the first quarter valued at $49,000. Point72 Asset Management L.P. bought a new position in Univar during the second quarter worth $68,000. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC boosted its position in Univar by 60.0% during the third quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC now owns 4,000 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $83,000 after purchasing an additional 1,500 shares during the period. Boston Partners bought a new position in Univar during the third quarter worth $115,000. Finally, Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank boosted its position in Univar by 14.3% during the third quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 8,892 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $185,000 after purchasing an additional 1,110 shares during the period.
Univar (NYSE:UNVR) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, November 5th. The basic materials company reported $0.36 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.35 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $2.39 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.39 billion. Univar had a negative net margin of 0.48% and a positive return on equity of 14.09%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 13.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.40 EPS. On average, equities research analysts predict that Univar will post 1.43 EPS for the current fiscal year.
Univar Inc distributes commodity and specialty chemical products, and related services worldwide. It offers herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, seeds, micro and macro nutrients, horticultural products, and fertilizers; storage, packaging, and logistics services for crop protection companies; and pest control products and equipment.
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