Stock Traders Purchase Large Volume of US Foods Call Options (USFD)

US Foods Holding Corp (NYSE:USFD) was the recipient of some unusual options trading on Wednesday. Investors purchased 1,992 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of 1,409% compared to the typical volume of 132 call options.

Shares of US Foods (NYSE:USFD) opened at $32.86 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.31, a quick ratio of 0.81 and a current ratio of 1.40. The firm has a market capitalization of $7,380.00 and a PE ratio of 28.09. US Foods has a 52 week low of $25.43 and a 52 week high of $32.96.

In related news, major shareholder Usf Co-Investor No. 2 L.P Cdr sold 19,977,773 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, December 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $28.00, for a total value of $559,377,644.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. 1.56% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in USFD. Thornburg Investment Management Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of US Foods during the third quarter valued at about $55,586,000. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP acquired a new stake in shares of US Foods during the third quarter valued at about $19,197,000. Janus Henderson Group PLC acquired a new stake in shares of US Foods during the third quarter valued at about $6,544,000. Neuberger Berman Group LLC grew its stake in shares of US Foods by 4.2% during the third quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC now owns 5,661,731 shares of the company’s stock valued at $151,168,000 after acquiring an additional 226,546 shares in the last quarter. Finally, GSA Capital Partners LLP grew its stake in shares of US Foods by 630.2% during the third quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 150,118 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,008,000 after acquiring an additional 129,560 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 96.91% of the company’s stock.

USFD has been the subject of several recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded US Foods from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $30.00 price target for the company in a report on Friday, November 10th. BidaskClub downgraded US Foods from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Finally, Barclays upgraded US Foods from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and increased their price target for the company from $30.00 to $32.00 in a report on Wednesday, September 13th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $31.56.

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About US Foods

US Foods Holding Corp. is a holding company. The Company is a foodservice distributor in the United States. The Company, through US Foods, Inc (USF), markets and primarily distributes fresh, frozen and dry food and non-food products to foodservice customers throughout the United States. These customers include independently owned single and multi-unit restaurants, regional concepts, national restaurant chains, hospitals, nursing homes, hotels and motels, country clubs, government and military organizations, colleges and universities, and retail locations.

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