Shares of Post Holdings Inc (NYSE:POST) have earned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the fourteen analysts that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $99.29.
Several equities analysts recently issued reports on the company. Wells Fargo decreased their price target on Post from $106.00 to $90.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, February 6th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Post from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $83.00 price target on the stock in a report on Thursday, February 8th. Vertical Group upgraded Post from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, February 5th. Pivotal Research reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $105.00 price target on shares of Post in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, ValuEngine cut Post from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, April 2nd.
In other Post news, CEO Robert V. Vitale purchased 2,720 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 6th. The shares were bought at an average price of $73.72 per share, with a total value of $200,518.40. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 268,058 shares in the company, valued at approximately $19,761,235.76. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Jeff A. Zadoks purchased 1,353 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 6th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $73.30 per share, for a total transaction of $99,174.90. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 7,668 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $562,064.40. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders acquired 104,073 shares of company stock worth $7,498,693 in the last three months. Insiders own 7.40% of the company’s stock.
Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank raised its position in shares of Post by 53.8% during the fourth quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 3,375 shares of the company’s stock worth $267,000 after purchasing an additional 1,181 shares during the period. California Public Employees Retirement System raised its position in Post by 4.0% in the 4th quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 102,886 shares of the company’s stock valued at $8,152,000 after buying an additional 3,947 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its position in Post by 3.6% in the 3rd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 2,273,861 shares of the company’s stock valued at $200,704,000 after buying an additional 78,669 shares during the last quarter. Stifel Financial Corp raised its position in Post by 5.3% in the 3rd quarter. Stifel Financial Corp now owns 157,967 shares of the company’s stock valued at $13,971,000 after buying an additional 7,970 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Engineers Gate Manager LP acquired a new stake in Post in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $4,463,000.
Post stock opened at $77.94 on Wednesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $5,385.66, a P/E ratio of 26.66, a PEG ratio of 1.24 and a beta of -0.08. Post has a 12-month low of $70.66 and a 12-month high of $89.04. The company has a current ratio of 4.05, a quick ratio of 3.27 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.47.
Post (NYSE:POST) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. The company reported $0.88 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.92 by ($0.04). The firm had revenue of $1.43 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.42 billion. Post had a net margin of 4.54% and a return on equity of 7.90%. Post’s revenue was up 14.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.62 EPS. equities analysts predict that Post will post 4.53 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
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Post Holdings, Inc is a consumer packaged goods holding company. The Company operates through four segments, namely, Post Consumer Brands, Michael Foods Group, Active Nutrition and Private Brands. The Company’s Post Consumer Brands segment includes the Post Foods branded ready-to-eat cereal operations and the business of MOM Brands.
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