Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE:NGVC) received a $10.00 target price from analysts at Jefferies Group LLC in a report issued on Friday. The firm currently has a “hold” rating on the specialty retailer’s stock. Jefferies Group LLC’s price objective points to a potential upside of 14.55% from the company’s current price.

NGVC has been the subject of several other research reports. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 3rd. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “hold” rating and set a $15.00 price target on shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in a research report on Thursday, May 18th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $12.60.

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

Shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE:NGVC) traded down 0.80% during trading on Friday, hitting $8.66. 108,742 shares of the stock were exchanged. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $9.88 and its 200 day moving average price is $11.24. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage has a 52 week low of $8.03 and a 52 week high of $14.21. The firm has a market capitalization of $194.54 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.12 and a beta of 0.84.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE:NGVC) last announced its quarterly 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 for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $197.65 million. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage had a net margin of 1.25% and a return on equity of 7.20%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 11.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.16 EPS. On average, equities analysts predict that Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage will post $0.45 earnings per share for the current year.

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Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Westfield Capital Management Co. LP bought a new stake in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage during the first quarter valued at approximately $6,762,000. River Road Asset Management LLC boosted its stake in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 36.8% in the first quarter. River Road Asset Management LLC now owns 1,064,901 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $11,064,000 after buying an additional 286,661 shares in the last quarter. Royce & Associates LP boosted its stake in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 87.8% in the fourth quarter. Royce & Associates LP now owns 571,000 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $6,789,000 after buying an additional 267,000 shares in the last quarter. Rice Hall James & Associates LLC boosted its stake in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 132.1% in the first quarter. Rice Hall James & Associates LLC now owns 265,027 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $2,754,000 after buying an additional 150,841 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Granite Investment Partners LLC boosted its stake in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 99.5% in the first quarter. Granite Investment Partners LLC now owns 287,361 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $2,985,000 after buying an additional 143,322 shares in the last quarter. 33.96% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage

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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