Darling Ingredients Inc (NYSE:DAR) was the recipient of unusually large options trading on Monday. Investors acquired 5,200 call options on the company. This is an increase of approximately 1,357% compared to the average volume of 357 call options.

Shares of Darling Ingredients (NYSE:DAR) opened at $17.03 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79, a current ratio of 1.76 and a quick ratio of 1.07. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,840.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 45.00 and a beta of 1.52. Darling Ingredients has a twelve month low of $11.51 and a twelve month high of $18.65.

Darling Ingredients (NYSE:DAR) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The company reported $0.05 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.06 by ($0.01). The firm had revenue of $937.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $870.50 million. Darling Ingredients had a net margin of 1.76% and a return on equity of 2.96%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.17 EPS. equities research analysts forecast that Darling Ingredients will post 0.24 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of DAR. US Bancorp DE grew its holdings in Darling Ingredients by 1.9% in the second quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 27,259 shares of the company’s stock valued at $429,000 after purchasing an additional 500 shares during the last quarter. Strs Ohio grew its holdings in Darling Ingredients by 21.0% in the second quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 12,100 shares of the company’s stock valued at $190,000 after purchasing an additional 2,100 shares during the last quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan grew its holdings in Darling Ingredients by 6.7% in the second quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 57,770 shares of the company’s stock valued at $909,000 after purchasing an additional 3,620 shares during the last quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can grew its holdings in Darling Ingredients by 3.7% in the second quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 237,113 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,729,000 after purchasing an additional 8,499 shares during the last quarter. Finally, World Asset Management Inc grew its holdings in Darling Ingredients by 2.3% in the second quarter. World Asset Management Inc now owns 10,711 shares of the company’s stock valued at $169,000 after purchasing an additional 237 shares during the last quarter. 98.06% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

A number of research analysts recently weighed in on DAR shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered Darling Ingredients from a “buy” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, October 16th. J P Morgan Chase & Co lowered Darling Ingredients from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and dropped their price objective for the stock from $19.00 to $18.00 in a report on Friday, October 6th. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $20.00 price objective on shares of Darling Ingredients in a report on Wednesday, August 23rd. Canaccord Genuity upped their price objective on Darling Ingredients from $18.00 to $20.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, November 6th. Finally, Roth Capital set a $20.00 price objective on Darling Ingredients and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $19.33.

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Darling Ingredients Company Profile

Darling Ingredients Inc (Darling) is a developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients, creating a range of ingredients and customized specialty solutions for customers in the pharmaceutical, food, pet food, feed, industrial, fuel, bioenergy and fertilizer industries.

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