Dean Foods Co (NYSE:DF) gapped up before the market opened on Thursday . The stock had previously closed at $10.72, but opened at $11.28. Dean Foods shares last traded at $11.34, with a volume of 2511600 shares traded.

Several equities research analysts recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Dean Foods from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $13.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Thursday. Vertical Group upgraded shares of Dean Foods from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, January 8th. Credit Suisse Group cut their price target on shares of Dean Foods from $10.00 to $8.50 and set an “underperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, November 8th. Morgan Stanley cut their price target on shares of Dean Foods from $10.00 to $9.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, November 8th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “market perform” rating and set a $12.00 price target (down from $15.00) on shares of Dean Foods in a research note on Wednesday, November 8th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $13.05.

The company has a quick ratio of 0.93, a current ratio of 1.28 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.33. The firm has a market cap of $1,030.00, a PE ratio of 32.76, a PEG ratio of 1.02 and a beta of 0.59.

Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 7th. The company reported $0.20 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.20. Dean Foods had a net margin of 0.53% and a return on equity of 14.04%. The company had revenue of $1.94 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.97 billion. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.37 EPS. Dean Foods’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. analysts expect that Dean Foods Co will post 0.81 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Flinton Capital Management LLC grew its position in Dean Foods by 60.6% during the 2nd quarter. Flinton Capital Management LLC now owns 6,448 shares of the company’s stock worth $110,000 after purchasing an additional 2,432 shares during the last quarter. Riverhead Capital Management LLC grew its position in Dean Foods by 62.0% during the 2nd quarter. Riverhead Capital Management LLC now owns 7,128 shares of the company’s stock worth $121,000 after purchasing an additional 2,728 shares during the last quarter. Advisor Group Inc. grew its position in Dean Foods by 40.7% during the 2nd quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 7,857 shares of the company’s stock worth $133,000 after purchasing an additional 2,271 shares during the last quarter. ETRADE Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in Dean Foods during the 2nd quarter worth $172,000. Finally, Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio grew its position in Dean Foods by 6.8% during the 2nd quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 11,278 shares of the company’s stock worth $192,000 after purchasing an additional 717 shares during the last quarter. 94.08% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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About Dean Foods

Dean Foods Company is a food and beverage company. The Company processes and distributes fluid milk, and other dairy and dairy case products in the United States. It is engaged in manufacturing, marketing, selling and distributing a range of branded and private label dairy and dairy case products. It offers branded and private label dairy case products, including fluid milk, ice cream, cultured dairy products, creamers, ice cream mix and other dairy products to retailers, distributors, foodservice outlets, educational institutions and governmental entities across the United States.

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