Hormel Foods Corp (NYSE:HRL) Director Terrell K. Crews sold 7,987 shares of Hormel Foods stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.50, for a total transaction of $291,525.50. Following the sale, the director now owns 100,569 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,670,768.50. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink.

Shares of Hormel Foods Corp (HRL) traded up $0.32 on Friday, hitting $36.77. 3,316,448 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,405,852. The company has a market cap of $19,410.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.89, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.24 and a beta of 0.59. The company has a current ratio of 1.91, a quick ratio of 1.04 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.05. Hormel Foods Corp has a 1 year low of $29.75 and a 1 year high of $37.97.

Hormel Foods (NYSE:HRL) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 21st. The company reported $0.41 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.40 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $2.49 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.41 billion. Hormel Foods had a net margin of 9.24% and a return on equity of 17.87%. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 5.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.45 EPS. equities research analysts forecast that Hormel Foods Corp will post 1.65 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 15th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, January 16th will be issued a $0.1875 dividend. This represents a $0.75 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.04%. This is a positive change from Hormel Foods’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.17. The ex-dividend date is Friday, January 12th. Hormel Foods’s payout ratio is presently 43.31%.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. MML Investors Services LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Hormel Foods by 101.8% in the 2nd quarter. MML Investors Services LLC now owns 25,373 shares of the company’s stock worth $865,000 after acquiring an additional 12,800 shares during the last quarter. Koch Industries Inc. bought a new stake in Hormel Foods during the 2nd quarter valued at $381,000. CLS Investments LLC raised its holdings in Hormel Foods by 4.7% during the 2nd quarter. CLS Investments LLC now owns 38,530 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,314,000 after buying an additional 1,723 shares during the last quarter. Cetera Investment Advisers bought a new stake in Hormel Foods during the 2nd quarter valued at $463,000. Finally, Financial Counselors Inc. bought a new stake in Hormel Foods during the 2nd quarter valued at $4,290,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 38.33% of the company’s stock.

Several equities research analysts have issued reports on HRL shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Hormel Foods from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 29th. Credit Suisse Group dropped coverage on shares of Hormel Foods in a research report on Saturday, August 26th. They set an “outperform” rating for the company. Stephens dropped their target price on shares of Hormel Foods from $50.00 to $38.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, October 19th. Morgan Stanley started coverage on shares of Hormel Foods in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. They set an “underweight” rating and a $26.00 target price for the company. Finally, Barclays dropped their target price on shares of Hormel Foods from $38.00 to $35.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, August 25th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Hormel Foods has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $35.50.

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