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Sprouts Farmers Market (NYSE:SFM) COO James Leroy Nielsen sold 21,810 shares of the stock on the open market in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $32.53, for a total value of $709,479.30. Following the sale, the chief operating officer now directly owns 7,659 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $249,147. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.

Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. Analysts at Zacks upgraded shares of Sprouts Farmers Market from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, June 26th. They now have a $34.30 price target on the stock. Separately, analysts at Morgan Stanley initiated coverage on shares of Sprouts Farmers Market in a research note on Wednesday, June 25th. They set an “overweight” rating and a $38.00 price target on the stock. Finally, analysts at Credit Suisse upgraded shares of Sprouts Farmers Market from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, June 12th. They now have a $34.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $31.00. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $34.73.

Shares of Sprouts Farmers Market (NYSE:SFM) traded up 0.24% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $32.80. 1,520,719 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Sprouts Farmers Market has a one year low of $25.73 and a one year high of $49.45. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $29.2 and its 200-day moving average is $34.24. The company has a market cap of $4.911 billion and a P/E ratio of 70.82.

Sprouts Farmers Market (NYSE:SFM) last released its earnings data on Wednesday, May 7th. The company reported $0.22 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.19 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $722.60 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $706.73 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.14 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 26.0% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that Sprouts Farmers Market will post $0.67 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc (NYSE:SFM) is a specialty retailer of natural and organic food focusing on health and wellness.

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