United Natural Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:UNFI) was the recipient of some unusual options trading activity on Friday. Stock traders acquired 714 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately 982% compared to the average volume of 66 call options.

Several research analysts have weighed in on the stock. BMO Capital Markets set a $57.00 price objective on shares of United Natural Foods and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 24th. Stephens set a $51.00 price objective on shares of United Natural Foods and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 17th. Barclays upgraded shares of United Natural Foods from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and upped their price objective for the company from $32.00 to $43.00 in a research note on Tuesday, January 16th. Susquehanna Bancshares set a $51.00 price objective on shares of United Natural Foods and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. Finally, Jefferies Group reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $49.00 price objective on shares of United Natural Foods in a research note on Monday, January 8th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $44.83.

United Natural Foods (NASDAQ UNFI) opened at $43.66 on Wednesday. United Natural Foods has a 12 month low of $29.53 and a 12 month high of $52.69. The company has a market cap of $2,249.39, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.92, a PEG ratio of 2.56 and a beta of 1.41. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.25, a quick ratio of 0.82 and a current ratio of 2.25.

United Natural Foods (NASDAQ:UNFI) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, December 7th. The company reported $0.60 EPS for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.60. United Natural Foods had a net margin of 1.39% and a return on equity of 8.04%. The company had revenue of $2.46 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.39 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.58 EPS. research analysts forecast that United Natural Foods will post 2.82 earnings per share for the current year.

In other United Natural Foods news, CEO Steven Spinner sold 49,026 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, January 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.49, for a total value of $2,426,296.74. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 102,637 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,079,505.13. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, SVP Craig Harder Smith sold 6,253 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.59, for a total transaction of $310,086.27. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 14,871 shares in the company, valued at approximately $737,452.89. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 103,191 shares of company stock worth $5,140,875. Company insiders own 1.40% of the company’s stock.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Old Mutual Global Investors UK Ltd. acquired a new position in United Natural Foods in the 4th quarter valued at $112,000. C M Bidwell & Associates Ltd. acquired a new position in United Natural Foods in the 4th quarter valued at $127,000. Strs Ohio grew its stake in United Natural Foods by 440.0% in the 4th quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 2,700 shares of the company’s stock valued at $133,000 after buying an additional 2,200 shares during the last quarter. Flinton Capital Management LLC grew its stake in United Natural Foods by 76.9% in the 2nd quarter. Flinton Capital Management LLC now owns 5,152 shares of the company’s stock valued at $189,000 after buying an additional 2,240 shares during the last quarter. Finally, BSW Wealth Partners acquired a new position in United Natural Foods in the 4th quarter valued at $200,000.

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About United Natural Foods

United Natural Foods, Inc is a distributor and retailer of natural, organic and specialty products. The Company’s segments include Wholesale and Other. The Wholesale segment is engaged in the national distribution of natural, organic and specialty foods, produce and related products in the United States and Canada.

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