News stories about Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ:SFM) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Sprouts Farmers Market earned a daily sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the company an impact score of 45.7761149047696 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ SFM) opened at 19.00 on Friday. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $22.24 and its 200 day moving average is $22.52. The stock has a market cap of $2.58 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.42 and a beta of 0.56. Sprouts Farmers Market has a 52 week low of $17.38 and a 52 week high of $25.98.

Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ:SFM) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The company reported $0.29 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.25 by $0.04. Sprouts Farmers Market had a net margin of 2.96% and a return on equity of 18.79%. The firm had revenue of $1.18 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.17 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.25 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 14.8% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts expect that Sprouts Farmers Market will post $0.93 EPS for the current year.

A number of research firms have weighed in on SFM. TheStreet cut shares of Sprouts Farmers Market from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Friday, June 16th. Wells Fargo & Company reaffirmed an “outperform” rating on shares of Sprouts Farmers Market in a report on Tuesday, June 27th. Royal Bank Of Canada set a $28.00 target price on shares of Sprouts Farmers Market and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, May 19th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Sprouts Farmers Market from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 12th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $25.00 target price (down previously from $26.00) on shares of Sprouts Farmers Market in a report on Friday, June 23rd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Sprouts Farmers Market presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $25.11.

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In other Sprouts Farmers Market news, CFO Bradley Lukow purchased 7,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 29th. The stock was bought at an average price of $19.80 per share, for a total transaction of $138,600.00. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Steven H. Townsend sold 15,000 shares of Sprouts Farmers Market stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $24.42, for a total value of $366,300.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 48,448 shares of company stock valued at $1,158,504 in the last 90 days. 2.60% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Sprouts Farmers Market Company Profile

Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc is a food retailer. The Company operates as a grocery store that offers fresh, natural and organic food that includes fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, deli, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, body care and natural household items catering to consumers’ interest in health and wellness.

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