Media stories about Supervalu (NYSE:SVU) have trended positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Supervalu earned a media sentiment score of 0.26 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the company an impact score of 45.4135716394549 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.
SVU has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Pivotal Research set a $39.00 target price on Supervalu and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Wells Fargo & Co started coverage on Supervalu in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. They issued a “market perform” rating and a $16.00 price target for the company. Goldman Sachs Group restated a “sell” rating and issued a $14.00 price objective on shares of Supervalu in a report on Tuesday, November 14th. ValuEngine upgraded Supervalu from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, December 7th. Finally, Telsey Advisory Group restated a “market perform” rating and issued a $18.00 price objective (down from $24.00) on shares of Supervalu in a report on Thursday, January 11th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $24.69.
Shares of Supervalu (SVU) traded down $0.13 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $13.68. 711,826 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,829,235. Supervalu has a twelve month low of $13.60 and a twelve month high of $31.29. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.65, a quick ratio of 0.47 and a current ratio of 1.24. The company has a market cap of $545.79, a PE ratio of 0.86 and a beta of 1.49.
Supervalu (NYSE:SVU) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, January 10th. The company reported $0.61 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.48 by $0.13. Supervalu had a net margin of 4.17% and a return on equity of 26.48%. The firm had revenue of $3.94 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.35 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 31.2% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts predict that Supervalu will post 2.34 EPS for the current fiscal year.
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Supervalu Inc is a wholesale distributor to independent retail customers across the United States. The Company’s segments include Wholesale and Retail. The Company offers a range of advertised brand name and private-label products, including grocery (both perishable and nonperishable), general merchandise and home, health and beauty care, and pharmacy, which are sold through Company-operated and licensed Retail stores to shoppers and through its Wholesale segment to independent retail customers.
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