QS Investors LLC cut its holdings in Dean Foods Co (NYSE:DF) by 2.4% in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 300,154 shares of the company’s stock after selling 7,300 shares during the period. QS Investors LLC owned approximately 0.33% of Dean Foods worth $1,144,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.
A number of other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of the business. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in shares of Dean Foods by 3.7% in the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 14,277,006 shares of the company’s stock valued at $54,396,000 after acquiring an additional 511,064 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Dean Foods by 1.2% during the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 9,614,972 shares of the company’s stock valued at $68,267,000 after buying an additional 111,113 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc increased its position in shares of Dean Foods by 1.2% during the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 9,614,972 shares of the company’s stock valued at $68,267,000 after buying an additional 111,113 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position in shares of Dean Foods by 0.8% during the third quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 7,682,596 shares of the company’s stock valued at $54,546,000 after buying an additional 63,583 shares during the period. Finally, Bank of New York Mellon Corp boosted its stake in Dean Foods by 3.2% during the third quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 1,660,996 shares of the company’s stock worth $11,793,000 after acquiring an additional 51,463 shares in the last quarter. 87.26% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
DF has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded shares of Dean Foods from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, March 8th. Credit Suisse Group set a $3.00 price objective on shares of Dean Foods and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 28th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets lowered their price objective on shares of Dean Foods from $7.00 to $5.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, February 28th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $6.29.
Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, February 27th. The company reported ($0.50) EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.26) by ($0.24). Dean Foods had a negative net margin of 4.22% and a negative return on equity of 7.87%. The business had revenue of $1.93 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.91 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.25 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down .3% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, research analysts predict that Dean Foods Co will post -0.34 earnings per share for the current year.
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Dean Foods Company Profile
Dean Foods Company, a food and beverage company, processes and distributes milk, and other dairy and dairy case products in the United States. The company manufactures, markets, and distributes various branded and private label dairy, and diary case products, such as fluid milk, ice creams, cultured dairy products, creamers, ice cream mixes, and other dairy products; and juices, teas, bottled water, and other products.
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