National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ:FIZZ) has been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the ten ratings firms that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price target among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $75.50.

A number of research analysts recently commented on FIZZ shares. Maxim Group reissued a “sell” rating and issued a $45.00 price target on shares of National Beverage in a report on Friday, March 8th. BidaskClub downgraded National Beverage from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, February 8th. Guggenheim downgraded National Beverage from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and reduced their price target for the company from $72.00 to $45.00 in a report on Friday, March 8th. UBS Group reduced their price target on National Beverage to $50.00 and set a “positive” rating for the company in a report on Monday, April 15th. Finally, Jefferies Financial Group started coverage on National Beverage in a report on Tuesday, May 14th. They issued an “underperform” rating and a $45.00 price target for the company.

In other news, President Joseph G. Caporella bought 6,000 shares of National Beverage stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 14th. The shares were bought at an average price of $59.95 per share, with a total value of $359,700.00. Following the acquisition, the president now directly owns 413,600 shares in the company, valued at approximately $24,795,320. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Company insiders own 75.20% of the company’s stock.

Large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Prudential Financial Inc. increased its stake in shares of National Beverage by 168.3% in the fourth quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 44,781 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,214,000 after purchasing an additional 28,092 shares during the period. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank raised its position in National Beverage by 40.0% in the 4th quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 840 shares of the company’s stock worth $60,000 after purchasing an additional 240 shares during the last quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC raised its position in National Beverage by 12,266.7% in the 4th quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC now owns 9,275 shares of the company’s stock worth $666,000 after purchasing an additional 9,200 shares during the last quarter. Eukles Asset Management bought a new position in National Beverage in the 1st quarter worth approximately $196,000. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG raised its position in National Beverage by 14.3% in the 4th quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 214,719 shares of the company’s stock worth $15,409,000 after purchasing an additional 26,820 shares during the last quarter. 23.89% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of FIZZ opened at $52.65 on Tuesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $2.46 billion, a P/E ratio of 16.50, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 7.17 and a beta of 1.25. National Beverage has a one year low of $50.11 and a one year high of $127.32.

National Beverage (NASDAQ:FIZZ) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, March 7th. The company reported $0.53 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.76 by ($0.23). The business had revenue of $220.89 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $254.80 million. National Beverage had a net margin of 14.84% and a return on equity of 42.23%. As a group, equities analysts forecast that National Beverage will post 3.09 EPS for the current fiscal year.

National Beverage Company Profile

National Beverage Corp., through its subsidiaries, develops, produces, markets, and sells a portfolio of waters, juices, energy drinks, and carbonated soft drinks primarily in the United States and Canada. The company offers beverages to the active and health-conscious consumers, including sparkling waters, energy drinks, and juices under the LaCroix, LaCroix C├║rate, LaCroix NiCola, Shasta Sparkling Water, the Rip It, Everfresh, Everfresh Premier Varietals, and Mr.

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