Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Sees Unusually Large Options Volume (NGVC)

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Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc (NYSE:NGVC) was the target of unusually large options trading on Monday. Stock traders bought 518 put options on the company. This represents an increase of 778% compared to the typical daily volume of 59 put options.

In other Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage news, insider Lark Isely sold 10,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, December 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $19.00, for a total transaction of $190,000.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 12,682 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $240,958. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CFO Todd Dissinger sold 2,484 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $21.50, for a total value of $53,406.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 4,431 shares in the company, valued at approximately $95,266.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 59.90% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Quantamental Technologies LLC acquired a new position in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in the 4th quarter valued at $25,000. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 7.0% in the 4th quarter. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. now owns 48,733 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $747,000 after purchasing an additional 3,173 shares during the period. Northern Trust Corp lifted its stake in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 3.2% in the 2nd quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 110,166 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $1,403,000 after purchasing an additional 3,462 shares during the period. Bank of Montreal Can lifted its stake in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 119.8% in the 4th quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 9,421 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $145,000 after purchasing an additional 5,135 shares during the period. Finally, Harvest Fund Management Co. Ltd lifted its stake in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 91.6% in the 3rd quarter. Harvest Fund Management Co. Ltd now owns 11,925 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $201,000 after purchasing an additional 5,700 shares during the period. 38.54% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Several research analysts have issued reports on the company. Barclays reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $20.00 price objective on shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in a report on Sunday, November 18th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $21.00 price objective on Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, November 16th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating, three have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $19.25.

NYSE:NGVC opened at $14.26 on Tuesday. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage has a 52-week low of $6.73 and a 52-week high of $24.50. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.39, a quick ratio of 0.16 and a current ratio of 1.40. The firm has a market cap of $303.16 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 38.54 and a beta of 0.99.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE:NGVC) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 7th. The specialty retailer reported $0.10 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.04 by $0.06. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage had a return on equity of 6.64% and a net margin of 1.11%. The firm had revenue of $221.52 million for the quarter. On average, analysts expect that Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage will post 0.37 earnings per share for the current year.

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About Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, retails natural and organic groceries, and dietary supplements in the United States. The company's stores offer natural and organic grocery products, such as organic produce; bulk food products; private label products; dry, frozen, and canned groceries; meat and seafood products; dairy products, dairy substitutes, and eggs; prepared foods; bread and baked products; beverages; and beer, wine, and hard cider products.

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