Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc (NYSE:NGVC)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reiterated by stock analysts at Royal Bank of Canada in a research report issued on Thursday. They presently have a $15.00 price objective on the specialty retailer’s stock. Royal Bank of Canada’s price objective would suggest a potential upside of 58.23% from the stock’s previous close.

NGVC has been the topic of several other research reports. Jefferies Group LLC downgraded shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $14.00 target price on the stock. in a report on Tuesday, January 31st. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, February 4th. Finally, SunTrust Banks, Inc. cut shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $13.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Friday, February 3rd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $13.00.

Analyst Recommendations for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE:NGVC)

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE:NGVC) traded up 0.96% on Thursday, reaching $9.48. 79,947 shares of the company were exchanged. The stock has a market capitalization of $212.96 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.12 and a beta of 0.86. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage has a 52 week low of $9.23 and a 52 week high of $14.21. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $10.42 and a 200 day moving average price of $11.53.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE:NGVC) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, May 4th. The specialty retailer reported $0.13 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.16 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $197.20 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $197.65 million. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage had a net margin of 1.36% and a return on equity of 7.75%. The firm’s revenue was up 11.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.16 EPS. Analysts forecast that Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage will post $0.45 earnings per share for the current year.

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Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Rockshelter Capital Management LLC raised its position in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 0.3% in the first quarter. Rockshelter Capital Management LLC now owns 381,431 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $3,963,000 after buying an additional 1,120 shares in the last quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC raised its position in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 2.7% in the first quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC now owns 32,265 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $335,000 after buying an additional 847 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its position in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 32.6% in the first quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 345,599 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $3,591,000 after buying an additional 84,957 shares in the last quarter. Kennedy Capital Management Inc. raised its position in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 23.7% in the first quarter. Kennedy Capital Management Inc. now owns 298,178 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $3,098,000 after buying an additional 57,131 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Geode Capital Management LLC raised its position in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 12.7% in the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 68,935 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $716,000 after buying an additional 7,783 shares in the last quarter. 32.43% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Company Profile

Natural Grocers By Vitamin Cottage Inc (Natural Grocers) is a specialty retailer of natural and organic groceries and dietary supplements. The Company sells natural and organic groceries and dietary supplements. The Company’s grocery products include: bulk food and private label products, dry, frozen and canned groceries, meats and seafood, dairy products and dairy substitutes, prepared foods, bread and baked goods, and beverages.

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