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Equities researchers at S&P Equity Research increased their price target on shares of Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) from $0.26 to $3.39 in a research report issued on Tuesday. The firm currently has a “hold” rating on the stock. S&P Equity Research’s price objective points to a potential downside of 77.70% from the company’s current price. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call.

A number of other firms have also recently commented on DF. Analysts at Bernstein raised their price target on shares of Dean Foods from $15.00 to $16.00 in a research note on Tuesday. Separately, analysts at BB&T Corp. reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Dean Foods in a research note on Tuesday. They now have a $18.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $21.00. Finally, analysts at Credit Suisse upgraded shares of Dean Foods from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday. They now have a $18.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $15.00. They noted that the move was a valuation call. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $16.95.

Shares of Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) traded up 1.32% on Tuesday, hitting $15.40. The stock had a trading volume of 3,154,334 shares. Dean Foods has a one year low of $13.59 and a one year high of $21.46. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $16.74 and a 200-day moving average of $15.95. The company has a market cap of $1.439 billion and a P/E ratio of 4.64. Dean Foods also was the target of some unusual options trading on Monday. Stock traders acquired 5,942 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately 976% compared to the average volume of 552 put options.

Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) last announced its earnings results on Monday, August 11th. The company reported ($0.14) EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of ($0.06) by $0.08. The company had revenue of $2.40 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.32 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.13 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 7.4% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that Dean Foods will post $0.39 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Dean Foods Company is a food and beverage company. The Company is a processor and direct-to-store distributor of fluid milk and other fluid dairy products in the United States.

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