TheStreet downgraded shares of Green Plains (NASDAQ:GPRE) from a c rating to a d+ rating in a report published on Monday morning.

Several other research firms also recently weighed in on GPRE. Roth Capital set a $25.00 price target on shares of Green Plains and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 31st. ValuEngine raised shares of Green Plains from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Friday, October 12th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Green Plains from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 18th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Green Plains from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 6th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $24.00.

GPRE opened at $17.02 on Monday. Green Plains has a 1-year low of $15.25 and a 1-year high of $21.90. The company has a quick ratio of 0.49, a current ratio of 1.37 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.76. The firm has a market capitalization of $704.72 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of -19.79 and a beta of 1.00.

Green Plains (NASDAQ:GPRE) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 7th. The specialty chemicals company reported ($0.31) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of ($0.12) by ($0.19). Green Plains had a net margin of 0.23% and a negative return on equity of 4.22%. The company had revenue of $1 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $996.40 million. During the same period last year, the firm posted ($0.18) earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts predict that Green Plains will post -1 earnings per share for the current year.

In other news, insider Jeffrey S. Briggs sold 25,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $17.28, for a total transaction of $432,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 158,801 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,744,081.28. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Insiders own 5.90% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System increased its position in shares of Green Plains by 10.3% during the third quarter. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System now owns 32,510 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock worth $559,000 after acquiring an additional 3,047 shares in the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp increased its position in shares of Green Plains by 0.4% during the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 1,186,396 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock worth $21,711,000 after acquiring an additional 4,188 shares in the last quarter. Legal & General Group Plc increased its position in shares of Green Plains by 4.0% during the second quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 114,286 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock worth $2,083,000 after acquiring an additional 4,411 shares in the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Green Plains by 2.0% during the first quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 297,019 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock worth $4,990,000 after acquiring an additional 5,873 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Tower Research Capital LLC TRC increased its position in shares of Green Plains by 1,751.9% during the second quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 8,852 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock worth $162,000 after acquiring an additional 8,374 shares in the last quarter.

About Green Plains

Green Plains Inc produces, markets, and distributes ethanol in the United States and internationally. The company operates through four segments: Ethanol Production; Agribusiness and Energy Services; Food and Ingredients; and Partnership. The Ethanol Production segment produces and sells ethanol, distiller grains, and corn oil.

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