Univar (UNVR) Receiving Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Analysis Finds

Press coverage about Univar (NYSE:UNVR) has been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Univar earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.7588781380649 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Univar (NYSE:UNVR) opened at $29.95 on Wednesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $4,245.13, a P/E ratio of 25.98, a PEG ratio of 2.53 and a beta of 1.47. 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 has a twelve month low of $23.91 and a twelve month high of $33.15.

Univar (NYSE:UNVR) last released its earnings results on Friday, November 3rd. The basic materials company reported $0.36 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.23 by $0.13. The business had revenue of $2.05 billion for 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%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.17 earnings per share. sell-side analysts forecast that Univar will post 1.03 EPS for the current year.

UNVR has been the subject of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Univar from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 19th. BidaskClub cut Univar from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, September 8th. SunTrust Banks, Inc. reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Univar in a research note on Monday, November 6th. Barclays PLC reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $32.00 price objective on shares of Univar in a research note on Thursday, August 31st. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $39.00 price objective on shares of Univar in a research note on Friday, September 15th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. Univar currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $33.33.

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In related news, Director Christopher D. Pappas bought 10,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 8th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $30.84 per share, with a total value of $308,400.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 59,840 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,845,465.60. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. Insiders own 1.82% of the company’s stock.

About Univar

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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