Lapides Asset Management LLC decreased its stake in Dean Foods Co (NYSE:DF) by 25.0% in the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 37,600 shares of the company’s stock after selling 12,500 shares during the quarter. Lapides Asset Management LLC’s holdings in Dean Foods were worth $435,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently modified their holdings of DF. DSAM Partners London Ltd purchased a new stake in shares of Dean Foods in the fourth quarter worth about $12,991,000. FMR LLC boosted its position in shares of Dean Foods by 56.2% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 2,998,781 shares of the company’s stock worth $50,979,000 after buying an additional 1,079,205 shares during the period. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board boosted its position in shares of Dean Foods by 597.9% in the third quarter. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board now owns 718,335 shares of the company’s stock worth $7,815,000 after buying an additional 615,400 shares during the period. Schroder Investment Management Group boosted its position in shares of Dean Foods by 942.8% in the third quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 481,324 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,184,000 after buying an additional 435,168 shares during the period. Finally, Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of Dean Foods by 35.8% in the fourth quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 1,568,319 shares of the company’s stock worth $18,130,000 after buying an additional 413,402 shares during the period. 95.08% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

DF has been the subject of several analyst reports. Vertical Group raised Dean Foods from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Jefferies Group set a $16.00 price target on Dean Foods and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Sunday, October 29th. Credit Suisse Group reduced their price target on Dean Foods from $10.00 to $8.50 and set an “underperform” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, November 8th. Zacks Investment Research raised Dean Foods from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, November 10th. Finally, Morgan Stanley reduced their price target on Dean Foods from $10.00 to $9.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, November 8th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $13.05.

Shares of Dean Foods Co (NYSE DF) opened at $9.40 on Wednesday. Dean Foods Co has a one year low of $9.01 and a one year high of $20.66. The stock has a market capitalization of $854.25, a P/E ratio of 20.43, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.83 and a beta of 0.39. The company has a current ratio of 1.28, a quick ratio of 0.93 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.33.

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Dean Foods Company Profile

Dean Foods Company is a food and beverage company. The Company processes and distributes fluid milk, and other dairy and dairy case products in the United States. It is engaged in manufacturing, marketing, selling and distributing a range of branded and private label dairy and dairy case products. It offers branded and private label dairy case products, including fluid milk, ice cream, cultured dairy products, creamers, ice cream mix and other dairy products to retailers, distributors, foodservice outlets, educational institutions and governmental entities across the United States.

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