Shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc. (NYSE:NGVC) have earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the thirteen analysts that are covering the stock. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have issued a hold recommendation and six have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price target among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $19.20.

NGVC has been the topic of several analyst reports. Citigroup Inc. initiated coverage on Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in a research report on Tuesday, October 11th. They set a “buy” rating and a $14.00 price target on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 14th. Barclays PLC started coverage on Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in a report on Friday, September 23rd. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $12.00 price objective for the company. Finally, Jefferies Group set a $15.00 price objective on Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, October 1st.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in NGVC. River Road Asset Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage during the third quarter valued at $4,669,000. Emerald Acquisition Ltd. bought a new stake in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage during the second quarter valued at $1,032,000. Point72 Asset Management L.P. bought a new stake in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage during the second quarter valued at $914,000. Ameriprise Financial Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage during the third quarter valued at $749,000. Finally, Citadel Advisors LLC increased its stake in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 569.8% in the third quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC now owns 49,330 shares of the company’s stock valued at $551,000 after buying an additional 59,830 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 31.47% of the company’s stock.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE:NGVC) opened at 12.40 on Wednesday. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $11.80 and a 200 day moving average of $12.58. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage has a 12 month low of $10.63 and a 12 month high of $22.43. The company has a market capitalization of $278.91 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.75 and a beta of 0.91.

About Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage

Natural Grocers By Vitamin Cottage Inc (Natural Grocers) is a specialty retailer of natural and organic groceries and dietary supplements. The Company sells natural and organic groceries and dietary supplements. The Company’s grocery products include: bulk food and private label products, dry, frozen and canned groceries, meats and seafood, dairy products and dairy substitutes, prepared foods, bread and baked goods, and beverages.

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