Vitamin Shoppe Target of Unusually High Options Trading (VSI)
Vitamin Shoppe Inc (NYSE:VSI) was the target of unusually large options trading on Monday. Stock traders purchased 5,804 call options on the stock. This is an increase of 6,810% compared to the average daily volume of 84 call options.
Several research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. ValuEngine raised Vitamin Shoppe from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating and set a $7.50 price objective (down from $8.00) on shares of Vitamin Shoppe in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. Zacks Investment Research raised Vitamin Shoppe from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Finally, Barclays lowered their price objective on Vitamin Shoppe from $6.00 to $3.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, November 9th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and five have given a hold rating to the company. Vitamin Shoppe presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $5.00.
Shares of Vitamin Shoppe (NYSE VSI) opened at $5.00 on Thursday. Vitamin Shoppe has a fifty-two week low of $2.95 and a fifty-two week high of $23.85. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.59, a current ratio of 2.07 and a quick ratio of 0.32. The firm has a market capitalization of $119.89, a PE ratio of -0.47 and a beta of 0.68.
In other Vitamin Shoppe news, major shareholder Vintage Capital Management Llc acquired 133,804 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 2nd. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $4.28 per share, with a total value of $572,681.12. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Over the last ninety days, insiders have bought 694,839 shares of company stock valued at $3,214,809. Insiders own 1.07% of the company’s stock.
Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. FMR LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Vitamin Shoppe by 32.4% in the 2nd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 1,254,690 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $14,617,000 after purchasing an additional 307,050 shares during the last quarter. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board lifted its holdings in shares of Vitamin Shoppe by 175.5% in the 3rd quarter. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board now owns 652,600 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $3,491,000 after purchasing an additional 415,700 shares during the last quarter. GMT Capital Corp purchased a new stake in shares of Vitamin Shoppe in the 3rd quarter valued at about $3,423,000. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Vitamin Shoppe by 23.5% in the 3rd quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 323,786 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $1,733,000 after purchasing an additional 61,663 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Systematic Financial Management LP lifted its holdings in shares of Vitamin Shoppe by 94.9% in the 3rd quarter. Systematic Financial Management LP now owns 217,345 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $1,163,000 after purchasing an additional 105,855 shares during the last quarter. 90.35% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
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Vitamin Shoppe Company Profile
Vitamin Shoppe, Inc (VSI) is a multi-channel specialty retailer and contract manufacturer of vitamins, minerals, herbs, specialty supplements, sports nutrition, and other health and wellness products. The Company operates through three segments: retail, direct and manufacturing. The retail segment includes Vitamin Shoppe, Super Supplements and Vitapath retail store formats.
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