Nature’s Sunshine Products (NASDAQ:NATR) saw a large increase in short interest in the month of August. As of August 31st, there was short interest totalling 77,100 shares, an increase of 8.4% from the July 31st total of 71,100 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 12,300 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 6.3 days. Currently, 0.5% of the company’s shares are sold short.

Several research firms have issued reports on NATR. ValuEngine cut shares of Nature’s Sunshine Products from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 2nd. TheStreet raised shares of Nature’s Sunshine Products from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 30th.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Connor Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd. purchased a new stake in Nature’s Sunshine Products in the 1st quarter valued at about $124,000. Acadian Asset Management LLC lifted its position in shares of Nature’s Sunshine Products by 8.9% in the 2nd quarter. Acadian Asset Management LLC now owns 17,129 shares of the company’s stock worth $158,000 after purchasing an additional 1,401 shares during the period. Charles Schwab Investment Management Inc. lifted its position in shares of Nature’s Sunshine Products by 14.8% in the 2nd quarter. Charles Schwab Investment Management Inc. now owns 23,543 shares of the company’s stock worth $219,000 after purchasing an additional 3,034 shares during the period. Panagora Asset Management Inc. lifted its position in shares of Nature’s Sunshine Products by 18.8% in the 2nd quarter. Panagora Asset Management Inc. now owns 49,473 shares of the company’s stock worth $460,000 after purchasing an additional 7,823 shares during the period. Finally, Northern Trust Corp lifted its position in shares of Nature’s Sunshine Products by 3.2% in the 2nd quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 118,782 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,103,000 after purchasing an additional 3,723 shares during the period. 75.67% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Nature’s Sunshine Products stock traded down $0.39 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $9.62. The company had a trading volume of 439 shares, compared to its average volume of 13,272. The firm has a market cap of $188.00 million, a P/E ratio of 31.42 and a beta of 0.67. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.18, a quick ratio of 0.97 and a current ratio of 1.66. Nature’s Sunshine Products has a 1 year low of $6.12 and a 1 year high of $10.73. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $9.06 and a two-hundred day moving average price of $9.19.

Nature’s Sunshine Products (NASDAQ:NATR) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 8th. The company reported $0.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter. The company had revenue of $90.72 million during the quarter. Nature’s Sunshine Products had a net margin of 0.82% and a return on equity of 4.83%.

Nature’s Sunshine Products Company Profile

Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc, a natural health and wellness company, primarily engages in the manufacture and sale of nutritional and personal care products worldwide. It operates through four segments: NSP Americas; NSP Russia; Central and Eastern Europe; and NSP China. The company offers general health products related to blood sugar support, bone health, cellular health, cognitive function, joint health, mood, sexual health, sleep, sports and energy, and vision.

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