Dean Foods Co (NYSE:DF) has earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the nine analysts that are covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price target among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $4.75.

DF has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded shares of Dean Foods from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, March 8th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Dean Foods from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 30th. Credit Suisse Group set a $3.00 price objective on shares of Dean Foods and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, February 28th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets decreased their price objective on shares of Dean Foods from $7.00 to $5.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, February 28th.

Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Norges Bank bought a new stake in Dean Foods during the fourth quarter valued at about $6,971,000. Squarepoint Ops LLC boosted its holdings in Dean Foods by 311.4% during the fourth quarter. Squarepoint Ops LLC now owns 443,540 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,690,000 after acquiring an additional 335,723 shares during the period. Rhumbline Advisers boosted its holdings in Dean Foods by 20.1% during the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 274,472 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,046,000 after acquiring an additional 45,867 shares during the period. Deutsche Bank AG boosted its holdings in Dean Foods by 210.5% during the fourth quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 696,440 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,650,000 after acquiring an additional 472,169 shares during the period. Finally, CWM Advisors LLC boosted its holdings in Dean Foods by 42.0% during the fourth quarter. CWM Advisors LLC now owns 21,162 shares of the company’s stock valued at $81,000 after acquiring an additional 6,254 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 87.47% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Dean Foods stock traded down $0.11 on Thursday, hitting $1.40. 2,571,000 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,509,100. The company has a quick ratio of 0.84, a current ratio of 1.22 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.86. Dean Foods has a 12-month low of $1.36 and a 12-month high of $11.14. The stock has a market cap of $135.78 million, a P/E ratio of -2.98 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) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.22) by ($0.19). The business had revenue of $1.80 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.90 billion. Dean Foods had a negative return on equity of 21.02% and a negative net margin of 5.13%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 9.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.14 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts expect that Dean Foods will post -0.65 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

About Dean Foods

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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