News stories about SunOpta (NASDAQ:STKL) (TSE:SOY) have trended somewhat negative this week, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. SunOpta earned a media sentiment score of -0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the company an impact score of 47.1759292627284 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

A number of equities analysts recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered SunOpta from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, November 10th. BidaskClub downgraded SunOpta from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Thursday, August 24th. Finally, Citigroup lowered their target price on SunOpta from $10.00 to $9.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Monday, November 20th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $8.88.

Shares of SunOpta (NASDAQ STKL) traded up $0.05 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $7.95. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 244,856 shares, compared to its average volume of 376,790. The company has a quick ratio of 0.45, a current ratio of 1.32 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.64. SunOpta has a 1-year low of $6.00 and a 1-year high of $10.20.

SunOpta (NASDAQ:STKL) (TSE:SOY) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The company reported ($0.02) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.02 by ($0.04). The business had revenue of $320.71 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $335.68 million. SunOpta had a negative return on equity of 2.98% and a negative net margin of 3.99%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 8.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.07 earnings per share. research analysts anticipate that SunOpta will post -0.09 earnings per share for the current year.

In other news, CFO Robert Mckeracher sold 36,533 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, September 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $8.41, for a total transaction of $307,242.53. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, CAO John Ruelle sold 38,361 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $8.75, for a total value of $335,658.75. Following the sale, the chief accounting officer now owns 38,361 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $335,658.75. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 1.88% of the company’s stock.

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SunOpta Company Profile

Sunopta Inc is a Canada-based company, which operates businesses focused on a healthy products portfolio. It operates through the following segments: Global Ingredients and Consumer Products. The Global Ingredients segment aggregates its North American and international raw material sourcing and supply operating segments focused on the procurement, processing and sale of specialty and organic grains, seeds, fruits, grain- and cocoa-based ingredients, and other commodities.

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