Momentum Stock: Dean Foods Company (DF)

Dean Foods

(NYSE:CAG) during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. Company has far performed well this year, with the share price down -46.14% since January. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Dean Foods by 4.9% in the first quarter.

Other analysts also recently issued reports about the company. Private Bank & Trust Co. increased its stake in ConAgra Foods by 0.5% in the first quarter. LS Investment Advisors LLC boosted its stake in shares of Dean Foods by 17.5% in the second quarter.

Among 15 analysts covering Dean Foods (NYSE:DF), 3 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 9 Hold. PNC Financial Services Group raised its position in Dean Foods by 13.8% in the Q1. American International Group Inc owns 240,283 shares worth $4,085,000. Ameriprise Financial Inc. boosted its position in shares of Dean Foods by 10.5% in the second quarter. Old Mutual Global Investors UK Ltd. now owns 453,116 shares of the company's stock valued at $8,908,000 after buying an additional 452,749 shares during the last quarter. Sigma Planning Corp purchased a new stake in shares of Dean Foods during the first quarter worth about $207,000. LS Investment Advisors LLC now owns 7,275 shares of the company's stock worth $124,000 after buying an additional 1,081 shares during the last quarter. During the last 52 weeks, the (NYSE:DF) price has been as high as $22.31 and as low as $11.19. (NYSE CAG) traded up 2.17% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $34.80. 3,858 shares were sold by TORRES JOSE, worth $122,492. The firm has a market capitalization of $14.52 billion, a P/E ratio of 23.88 and a beta of 0.32.

The stock's 50 day moving average is 15.71 and its 200 day moving average is 18.21.

ConAgra Foods (NYSE:CAG) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, June 29th. For the current quarter Dean Foods Company (NYSE:DF) has high EPS estimates of $0.47 in contradiction of low EPS estimates of $0.19. The business had revenue of $1.86 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.86 billion.

Dean Foods Company (NYSE:DF)'s trailing twelve month revenues are $7.83 Billion, whereas its price to sales ratio for the same period is 0.13. The company's revenue for the quarter was up 4.2% on a year-over-year basis. Next quarter's EPS is expected be $0.24 and the next full year EPS is anticipated to be $0.85.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, August 31st. Stockholders of record on Monday, August 21st will be given a $0.09 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, July 27th. Nonetheless, from here on out, earnings per share forecasts for the current quarter are $0.23. This dividend amount represented a yeild of $3.16. 2,714,821 shares of the company's stock traded hands. This repurchase authorization authorizes the company to purchase up to 6.5% of its shares through open market purchases. With 1.20M shares average volume, it will take short sellers 12 days to cover their DF's short positions. Finally, BidaskClub lowered ConAgra Foods from a "sell" rating to a "strong sell" rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 5th. California Public Employees Retirement System now controls 249,045 shares valued at $4,234,000. If you are reading this article on another publication, it was stolen and reposted in violation of USA & worldwide copyright and trademark laws.

Several other equities analysts have also recently weighed in on the company. Lastly, BMO Capital Markets reduced the price target on Dean Foods from $20.00 to $15.00 and fixed a "market perform" recommendation on the share in a note on Wednesday. Jefferies Group LLC restated a "buy" rating on shares of ConAgra Foods in a report on Friday, June 16th. Stephens downgraded shares of Dean Foods from an "overweight" rating to an "equal weight" rating and set a $22.00 target price on the stock.in a research report on Tuesday. Jefferies reduced the price target on Dean Foods from $20.00 to $16.00 and fixed a "buy" recommendation on the share in a note on Thurs. The stock has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $15.40.

Dean Foods Company had its "buy" rating reiterated by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. The company presently has an average rating of "Hold" and a consensus price target of $42.72. The stock now has Weekly Volatility of 4.54% and Monthly Volatility of 2.76%. The stock was sold at an average price of $33.22, for a total value of $200,848.12. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 89,260 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $2,965,217.20. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

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