ValuEngine upgraded shares of Nature’s Sunshine Products (NASDAQ:NATR) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note published on Wednesday.

NATR stock traded down $0.30 during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $9.19. The stock had a trading volume of 6,830 shares, compared to its average volume of 13,057. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.06, a quick ratio of 1.09 and a current ratio of 1.81. Nature’s Sunshine Products has a 52-week low of $7.55 and a 52-week high of $13.80.

Nature’s Sunshine Products (NASDAQ:NATR) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 7th. The company reported ($0.08) earnings per share for the quarter. The firm had revenue of $91.27 million during the quarter. Nature’s Sunshine Products had a negative net margin of 4.03% and a negative return on equity of 11.51%.

In other Nature’s Sunshine Products news, Director Kristine F. Hughes sold 3,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, October 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $8.67, for a total value of $26,010.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 36,095 shares in the company, valued at approximately $312,943.65. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Company insiders own 20.10% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in NATR. Martingale Asset Management L P purchased a new position in shares of Nature’s Sunshine Products during the 3rd quarter worth $146,000. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Nature’s Sunshine Products by 46.7% during the 1st quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 22,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $242,000 after acquiring an additional 7,000 shares during the period. Millennium Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of Nature’s Sunshine Products by 125.9% during the 2nd quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 66,881 shares of the company’s stock worth $625,000 after acquiring an additional 37,270 shares during the period. Renaissance Technologies LLC raised its holdings in shares of Nature’s Sunshine Products by 8.5% during the 2nd quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 426,128 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,984,000 after acquiring an additional 33,428 shares during the period. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its holdings in shares of Nature’s Sunshine Products by 3.5% during the 1st quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 426,650 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,693,000 after acquiring an additional 14,293 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 76.05% of the company’s stock.

About Nature’s Sunshine Products

Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, primarily engages in the manufacture and direct sale of nutritional and personal care products worldwide. It operates through four segments: NSP Americas; NSP Russia, Central and Eastern Europe; Synergy WorldWide; and China and New Markets.

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