United Natural Foods (UNFI) Getting Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Analysis Shows

News headlines about United Natural Foods (NASDAQ:UNFI) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. United Natural Foods earned a daily sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the company an impact score of 46.5153586471047 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

A number of research firms recently weighed in on UNFI. BMO Capital Markets set a $38.00 price target on United Natural Foods and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 27th. Royal Bank Of Canada set a $34.00 target price on United Natural Foods and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 29th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “hold” rating and set a $38.00 target price (down previously from $44.00) on shares of United Natural Foods in a report on Sunday, June 25th. Pivotal Research reaffirmed a “sell” rating and issued a $32.00 price target on shares of United Natural Foods in a report on Tuesday, September 12th. Finally, Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an “underweight” rating and issued a $33.00 price target (down previously from $36.00) on shares of United Natural Foods in a report on Monday, June 19th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $42.69.

United Natural Foods (NASDAQ UNFI) traded up 1.01% during trading on Friday, hitting $43.03. The company had a trading volume of 1,203,822 shares. The company has a market cap of $2.18 billion, a PE ratio of 16.81 and a beta of 1.39. United Natural Foods has a 12 month low of $29.53 and a 12 month high of $49.74. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $36.25 and its 200-day moving average price is $39.08.

United Natural Foods (NASDAQ:UNFI) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, September 13th. The company reported $0.72 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.70 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $2.34 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.36 billion. United Natural Foods had a net margin of 1.40% and a return on equity of 8.10%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 5.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.70 EPS. Equities analysts expect that United Natural Foods will post $2.71 earnings per share for the current year.

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United Natural Foods Company Profile

United Natural Foods, Inc is a distributor and retailer of natural, organic and specialty products. The Company’s segments include Wholesale and Other. The Wholesale segment is engaged in the national distribution of natural, organic and specialty foods, produce and related products in the United States and Canada.

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