Vitamin Shoppe, Inc (NYSE:VSI) Director John D. Bowlin bought 40,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 25th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $5.50 per share, for a total transaction of $220,000.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 56,028 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $308,154. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

Shares of Vitamin Shoppe, Inc (VSI) traded down 4.76% during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $5.00. 1,122,350 shares of the stock were exchanged. Vitamin Shoppe, Inc has a 1-year low of $4.95 and a 1-year high of $28.41. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $8.98 and its 200-day moving average price is $14.78. The firm’s market capitalization is $116.12 million.

Vitamin Shoppe (NYSE:VSI) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, August 9th. The specialty retailer reported $0.23 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.39 by $0.16. Vitamin Shoppe had a negative net margin of 11.98% and a positive return on equity of 8.33%. The firm had revenue of $304.84 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $314.74 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.55 EPS. The firm’s revenue was down 8.4% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts forecast that Vitamin Shoppe, Inc will post $0.79 EPS for the current year.

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Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased its position in Vitamin Shoppe by 2.1% in the second quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 9,242 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $108,000 after buying an additional 192 shares in the last quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan increased its position in Vitamin Shoppe by 18.1% in the second quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 9,410 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $110,000 after buying an additional 1,440 shares in the last quarter. Mason Street Advisors LLC increased its position in Vitamin Shoppe by 7.0% in the first quarter. Mason Street Advisors LLC now owns 5,569 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $112,000 after buying an additional 366 shares in the last quarter. Wolverine Trading LLC purchased a new position in Vitamin Shoppe during the second quarter worth $131,000. Finally, UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. increased its position in Vitamin Shoppe by 17,041.4% in the second quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 11,999 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $140,000 after buying an additional 11,929 shares in the last quarter. 96.86% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

A number of equities analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Morgan Stanley set a $8.00 target price on shares of Vitamin Shoppe and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 10th. Gabelli downgraded shares of Vitamin Shoppe from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, May 11th. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) restated a “sell” rating and set a $6.00 target price (down from $13.00) on shares of Vitamin Shoppe in a report on Thursday, August 10th. TheStreet downgraded shares of Vitamin Shoppe from a “c-” rating to a “d” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of Vitamin Shoppe from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, June 2nd. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and seven have given a hold rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $14.38.

About Vitamin Shoppe

Vitamin Shoppe, Inc (VSI) is a multi-channel specialty retailer and contract manufacturer of vitamins, minerals, herbs, specialty supplements, sports nutrition, and other health and wellness products. The Company operates through three segments: retail, direct and manufacturing. The retail segment includes Vitamin Shoppe, Super Supplements and Vitapath retail store formats.

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