Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE:NGVC) was upgraded by analysts at TheStreet from a “d+” rating to a “c” rating in a research report issued on Friday.

A number of other research firms also recently issued reports on NGVC. Deutsche Bank reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $8.00 price objective (down from $12.00) on shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 21st. Wolfe Research upgraded shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Monday, August 7th. Jefferies Group set a $6.00 target price on shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, August 4th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “hold” rating and issued a $11.00 target price on shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in a research note on Monday, November 20th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $8.70.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE:NGVC) opened at $8.21 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.44, a quick ratio of 0.14 and a current ratio of 1.40. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage has a one year low of $4.79 and a one year high of $13.79. The stock has a market cap of $176.22, a P/E ratio of 25.32, a PEG ratio of 4.74 and a beta of 1.09.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE:NGVC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 16th. The specialty retailer reported $0.06 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.05 by $0.01. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage had a net margin of 0.90% and a return on equity of 5.28%. The firm had revenue of $198.50 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $193.76 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.07 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 9.7% on a year-over-year basis. analysts predict that Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage will post 0.24 EPS for the current year.

In other Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage news, CFO Sandra Buffa sold 100,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $5.53, for a total value of $553,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 135,091 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $747,053.23. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Company insiders own 60.00% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Nationwide Fund Advisors raised its holdings in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 144.4% in the third quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 17,941 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $100,000 after buying an additional 10,600 shares during the last quarter. Tudor Investment Corp ET AL purchased a new position in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage during the second quarter worth $108,000. Trexquant Investment LP purchased a new position in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage during the third quarter worth $125,000. New York State Common Retirement Fund raised its holdings in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 17.7% during the second quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 15,284 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $126,000 after purchasing an additional 2,293 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd purchased a new position in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage during the third quarter worth $187,000. 25.77% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Company Profile

Natural Grocers By Vitamin Cottage Inc (Natural Grocers) is a specialty retailer of natural and organic groceries and dietary supplements. The Company sells natural and organic groceries and dietary supplements. The Company’s grocery products include: bulk food and private label products, dry, frozen and canned groceries, meats and seafood, dairy products and dairy substitutes, prepared foods, bread and baked goods, and beverages.

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