Shares of Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) have received an average rating of “Hold” from the eight ratings firms that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $86.67.

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on the stock. ValuEngine lowered shares of Herbalife from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, December 4th. SunTrust Banks reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $67.00 price target on shares of Herbalife in a report on Friday, November 10th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Herbalife from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Monday, November 6th. Pivotal Research reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $120.00 price target on shares of Herbalife in a report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Finally, Citigroup reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $73.00 price target (up previously from $71.00) on shares of Herbalife in a report on Tuesday, October 3rd.

Shares of Herbalife (NYSE:HLF) opened at $67.03 on Monday. The firm has a market cap of $5,848.30, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.68 and a beta of 1.27. Herbalife has a one year low of $47.91 and a one year high of $79.64. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 9.94, a quick ratio of 2.24 and a current ratio of 2.65.

Herbalife (NYSE:HLF) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The company reported $0.82 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.82. The firm had revenue of $1.09 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.09 billion. Herbalife had a net margin of 8.60% and a return on equity of 176.64%. The company’s revenue was down 3.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.21 earnings per share. sell-side analysts expect that Herbalife will post 4.55 EPS for the current year.

In other news, insider Shin-Shing Bosco Chiu sold 2,380 shares of Herbalife stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $69.98, for a total transaction of $166,552.40. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 5,000 shares in the company, valued at $349,900. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. 4.95% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. California Public Employees Retirement System lifted its holdings in Herbalife by 1.5% in the third quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 285,253 shares of the company’s stock valued at $19,349,000 after buying an additional 4,253 shares during the period. Think Investments LP lifted its holdings in Herbalife by 44.6% in the third quarter. Think Investments LP now owns 633,583 shares of the company’s stock valued at $42,976,000 after buying an additional 195,483 shares during the period. Janus Henderson Group PLC lifted its holdings in Herbalife by 334.8% in the third quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 90,856 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,163,000 after buying an additional 69,959 shares during the period. Cowen Inc. acquired a new position in Herbalife in the third quarter valued at $8,025,000. Finally, University of Notre Dame DU Lac lifted its holdings in Herbalife by 29.9% in the third quarter. University of Notre Dame DU Lac now owns 76,216 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,170,000 after buying an additional 17,562 shares during the period.

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About Herbalife

Herbalife Ltd. is a global nutrition company. The Company develops and sells weight management, healthy meals and snacks, sports and fitness, energy and targeted nutritional products, as well as personal care products. Its operating segments are based on geographical operations in six regions: North America; Mexico; South and Central America; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific, and China.

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