Dean Foods Co. (NYSE:DF) Director J Wayne Mailloux sold 5,886 shares of Dean Foods stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $20.00, for a total value of $117,720.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 101,944 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,038,880. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.

Dean Foods Co. (NYSE:DF) traded down 0.05% on Tuesday, hitting $20.03. The stock had a trading volume of 1,657,293 shares. The company’s 50 day moving average is $17.66 and its 200-day moving average is $17.68. The stock has a market cap of $1.81 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.37 and a beta of 0.20. Dean Foods Co. has a 12 month low of $15.69 and a 12 month high of $21.17.

Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, November 7th. The company reported $0.37 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.36 by $0.01. Dean Foods had a return on equity of 24.87% and a net margin of 1.37%. The company earned $1.96 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.63 billion. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.30 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was down 3.4% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts forecast that Dean Foods Co. will post $1.61 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 1st. Shareholders of record on Monday, November 21st will be paid a $0.09 dividend. This represents a $0.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.80%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 17th. Dean Foods’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 31.30%.

Several equities research analysts recently commented on the company. DA Davidson reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Dean Foods in a report on Tuesday, November 8th. Credit Suisse Group AG reiterated a “sell” rating on shares of Dean Foods in a report on Tuesday, August 9th. TheStreet downgraded Dean Foods from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 10th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Dean Foods from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $21.00 price objective for the company in a report on Thursday, August 4th. Finally, Jefferies Group reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Dean Foods in a report on Wednesday, August 10th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company. Dean Foods has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $21.04.

Large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. BlackRock Japan Co. Ltd boosted its stake in Dean Foods by 158.0% in the third quarter. BlackRock Japan Co. Ltd now owns 7,735 shares of the company’s stock worth $127,000 after buying an additional 4,737 shares during the period. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio raised its position in shares of Dean Foods by 17.0% in the second quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 7,616 shares of the company’s stock worth $138,000 after buying an additional 1,104 shares in the last quarter. Ropes Wealth Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of Dean Foods during the second quarter worth $172,000. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC purchased a new position in shares of Dean Foods during the second quarter worth $174,000. Finally, First Allied Advisory Services Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Dean Foods during the second quarter worth $182,000.

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About Dean Foods

Dean Foods Company is a food and beverage company. The Company processes and distributes fluid milk and other dairy case products in the United States. The Company operates through manufacturing, marketing, selling and distributing a wide variety of branded and private label dairy case product segment.

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