Post Holdings Inc (NYSE:POST) was the target of unusually large options trading on Tuesday. Investors purchased 6,202 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately 822% compared to the typical daily volume of 673 call options.

In other news, Director David W. Kemper purchased 2,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 30th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $79.86 per share, for a total transaction of $199,650.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 6,700 shares in the company, valued at $535,062. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. 7.00% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. IndexIQ Advisors LLC grew its position in shares of Post by 0.3% in the second quarter. IndexIQ Advisors LLC now owns 1,485 shares of the company’s stock valued at $115,000 after purchasing an additional 4 shares in the last quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank grew its position in shares of Post by 9.5% in the second quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 2,194 shares of the company’s stock valued at $170,000 after purchasing an additional 190 shares in the last quarter. Affinity Wealth Management purchased a new position in shares of Post in the third quarter valued at $205,000. South State Corp purchased a new position in shares of Post in the third quarter valued at $208,000. Finally, ETRADE Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Post in the third quarter valued at $218,000.

A number of research firms have recently weighed in on POST. Zacks Investment Research lowered Post from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, December 2nd. Wells Fargo & Company raised their target price on Post from $96.00 to $106.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. BidaskClub lowered Post from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. SunTrust Banks set a $105.00 price target on Post and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 16th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Post in a research report on Monday, November 6th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $103.25.

Shares of Post (POST) opened at $77.55 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.56, a current ratio of 3.71 and a quick ratio of 2.90. Post has a 52-week low of $75.76 and a 52-week high of $89.04. The stock has a market capitalization of $5,193.08, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.31, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.05 and a beta of 0.09.

Post (NYSE:POST) last released its earnings results on Thursday, November 16th. The company reported $0.88 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.93 by ($0.05). Post had a return on equity of 1.58% and a net margin of 0.98%. The firm had revenue of $1.45 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.43 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.61 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 14.9% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts predict that Post will post 3.83 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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About Post

Post Holdings, Inc is a consumer packaged goods holding company. The Company operates through four segments, namely, Post Consumer Brands, Michael Foods Group, Active Nutrition and Private Brands. The Company’s Post Consumer Brands segment includes the Post Foods branded ready-to-eat cereal operations and the business of MOM Brands.

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