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How to buy Unilever stock

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Unilever PLC is a household & personal products business based in the US. Unilever shares (UL) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Unilever employs 148,949 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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  4. Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – UL – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
  5. Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
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Unilever share price

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Unilever shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-23.
52-week range$48.08 - $62.85
50-day moving average $56.03
200-day moving average $58.28
Wall St. target price$70.00
PE ratio 22.3246
Dividend yield $1.654 (2.89%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $2.55

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Is it a good time to buy Unilever stock?

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Is Unilever under- or over-valued?

Valuing Unilever stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Unilever's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Unilever's P/E ratio

Unilever's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 22x. In other words, Unilever shares trade at around 22x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Unilever's PEG ratio

Unilever's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.4884. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Unilever's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Unilever's EBITDA

Unilever's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $10.6 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Unilever's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Unilever financials

Revenue TTM $50.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 18.45%
Gross profit TTM $22 billion
Return on assets TTM 8.83%
Return on equity TTM 38.51%
Profit margin 11%
Book value $5.82
Market capitalisation $151 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Unilever shares

There are currently 2.7 million Unilever shares held short by investors – that's known as Unilever's "short interest". This figure is 4.8% down from 2.8 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Unilever shares can be evaluated.

Unilever's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Unilever's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Unilever shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Unilever shares traded daily (recently around 2.4 million). Unilever's SIR currently stands at 1.12. In other words for every 100,000 Unilever shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1120 shares are currently held short.

However Unilever's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Unilever shares, or, against the total number of tradable Unilever shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Unilever's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Unilever shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Unilever shares, roughly 0 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Unilever.

Find out more about how you can short Unilever stock.

Unilever share dividends

1%

Dividend payout ratio: 1.1% of net profits

Recently Unilever has paid out, on average, around 1.1% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.35% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Unilever shareholders could enjoy a 3.35% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Unilever's case, that would currently equate to about $1.654 per share.

While Unilever's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Unilever is investing more in its future growth.

Unilever's most recent dividend payout was on 16 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 24 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Unilever's shares ever split?

Unilever's shares were split on a 9:5 basis on 24 May 2006. So if you had owned 5 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 9 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Unilever shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 44.4% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Unilever shares which in turn could have impacted Unilever's share price.

Unilever share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Unilever's shares have ranged in value from as little as $48.0784 up to $62.8491. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Unilever's is 0.1168. This would suggest that Unilever's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Unilever overview

Unilever PLC operates as a fast-moving consumer goods company in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Americas, and Europe. It operates through Beauty & Personal Care, Foods & Refreshment, and Home Care segments. The Beauty & Personal Care segment provides skin care and hair care products, deodorants, and skin cleansing products under the Axe, Clear, Dove, Lifebuoy, Lux, Pond's, Rexona, Signal, Suave, Sunsilk, TRESemmé, and Vaseline brands. The Foods & Refreshment segment offers ice cream, soups, bouillons, seasonings, mayonnaise, ketchups, and tea categories under the Ben & Jerry's, Breyers, Brooke Bond, Heart (Wall's), Hellmann's, Knorr, Lipton, Magnum, The Vegetarian Butcher, and Unilever Food Solutions brands. The Home Care segment provides fabric solutions, and home care and hygiene products under the Cif, Omo, Persil, Domestos, Seventh Generation, and Sunlight brands. Unilever PLC was incorporated in 1894 and is based in London, the United Kingdom. .

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