Dean Foods (DF) Shares Up 11.4%

Shares of Dean Foods Co (NYSE:DF) shot up 11.4% during mid-day trading on Monday . The stock traded as high as $1.80 and last traded at $1.96. 159,297 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 96% from the average session volume of 3,611,168 shares. The stock had previously closed at $1.76.

DF has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded Dean Foods from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, March 8th. Credit Suisse Group set a $3.00 target price on Dean Foods and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, February 28th. Zacks Investment Research raised Dean Foods from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 30th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets decreased their target price on Dean Foods from $7.00 to $5.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, February 28th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $6.00.

The company has a quick ratio of 0.94, a current ratio of 1.22 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.86. The firm has a market cap of $164.22 million, a P/E ratio of -4.15 and a beta of 0.21.

Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, May 7th. The company reported ($0.41) EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.22) by ($0.19). The firm had revenue of $1.80 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.90 billion. Dean Foods had a negative net margin of 5.13% and a negative return on equity of 21.02%. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 9.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.14 earnings per share. As a group, equities research analysts predict that Dean Foods Co will post -0.56 EPS for the current year.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund bought a new stake in shares of Dean Foods during the 4th quarter worth $35,000. Sigma Planning Corp bought a new stake in shares of Dean Foods during the 4th quarter worth $44,000. Susquehanna Fundamental Investments LLC bought a new stake in shares of Dean Foods during the 4th quarter worth $45,000. SG Americas Securities LLC lifted its position in shares of Dean Foods by 100.9% during the 4th quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 13,862 shares of the company’s stock worth $53,000 after buying an additional 1,591,078 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Magnus Financial Group LLC bought a new stake in shares of Dean Foods during the 1st quarter worth $55,000. 89.86% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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Dean Foods Company Profile (NYSE:DF)

Dean Foods Co engages in the manufacture, sale and direct-to-store distribution of fluid milk and other dairy & dairy case products. Its portfolio include the DairyPure and TruMoo brands, along with other regional dairy brands such as Alta Dena, Berkeley Farms, Country Fresh, Dean’s, Friendly’s, Garelick Farms, LAND O LAKES milk and cultured products, Lehigh Valley Dairy Farms, Mayfield, McArthur, Meadow Gold, Oak Farms, PET, T.G.

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