Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE:NGVC) has earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the six brokerages that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. One research 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 average 1 year price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $12.20.

A number of analysts have commented on NGVC shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded 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 reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $15.00 target price on shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in a research report on Thursday, May 18th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $12.00 target price on shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in a research report on Monday, May 1st.

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Rockshelter Capital Management LLC increased its stake in shares of 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 valued at $3,963,000 after buying an additional 1,120 shares in the last quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC increased its stake in shares of 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 valued at $335,000 after buying an additional 847 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake in shares of 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 valued at $3,591,000 after buying an additional 84,957 shares in the last quarter. Kennedy Capital Management Inc. increased its stake in shares of 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 valued at $3,098,000 after buying an additional 57,131 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Geode Capital Management LLC increased its stake in shares of 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 valued at $716,000 after buying an additional 7,783 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 33.96% of the company’s stock.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE:NGVC) remained flat at $8.14 on Tuesday. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 163,615 shares. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $9.75 and a 200-day moving average price of $11.21. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage has a 12 month low of $8.03 and a 12 month high of $14.21. The stock has a market capitalization of $182.86 million, a PE ratio of 19.85 and a beta of 0.84.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE:NGVC) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, May 4th. The specialty retailer reported $0.13 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ 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 return on equity of 7.20% and a net margin of 1.25%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.16 earnings per share. On average, analysts anticipate that Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage will post $0.45 EPS for the current year.

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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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