Dean Foods Co. (NYSE:DF) SVP Scott K. Vopni sold 33,105 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $19.75, for a total transaction of $653,823.75. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 24,509 shares in the company, valued at $484,052.75. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Shares of Dean Foods Co. (NYSE:DF) traded up 0.05% on Wednesday, hitting $20.04. 152,755 shares of the stock traded hands. Dean Foods Co. has a one year low of $15.69 and a one year high of $21.17. The stock has a market cap of $1.81 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.38 and a beta of 0.20. The company’s 50 day moving average is $17.77 and its 200 day moving average is $17.69.

Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, November 7th. The company reported $0.37 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.36 by $0.01. Dean Foods had a net margin of 1.37% and a return on equity of 24.87%. The firm had revenue of $1.96 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.63 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.30 earnings per share. Dean Foods’s revenue for the quarter was down 3.4% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities 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 given a $0.09 dividend. This represents a $0.36 annualized dividend 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%.

A number of equities analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Credit Suisse Group AG reaffirmed a “sell” rating on shares of Dean Foods in a research note on Tuesday, August 9th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Dean Foods from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $22.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, November 9th. DA Davidson reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Dean Foods in a research note on Tuesday, November 8th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Dean Foods in a research note on Wednesday, August 10th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Dean Foods in a research note on Wednesday, November 2nd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. Dean Foods presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $21.04.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of DF. First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. boosted its stake in shares of Dean Foods by 1.6% in the third quarter. First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. now owns 18,127 shares of the company’s stock valued at $297,000 after buying an additional 293 shares during the period. State Treasurer State of Michigan boosted its position in shares of Dean Foods by 0.8% in the second quarter. State Treasurer State of Michigan now owns 36,850 shares of the company’s stock worth $667,000 after buying an additional 300 shares in the last quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. boosted its position in shares of Dean Foods by 0.3% in the second quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. now owns 164,687 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,979,000 after buying an additional 560 shares in the last quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Dean Foods by 0.8% in the third quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 68,953 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,131,000 after buying an additional 561 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan boosted its position in shares of Dean Foods by 1.4% in the third quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 41,210 shares of the company’s stock worth $676,000 after buying an additional 580 shares in the last quarter.

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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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