Post Holdings Inc (POST) Given Average Recommendation of “Buy” by Analysts

Shares of Post Holdings Inc (NYSE:POST) have been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the ten analysts that are covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and eight have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12-month target price among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $117.14.

Several analysts have recently issued reports on POST shares. Wells Fargo & Co increased their target price on Post from $114.00 to $120.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Monday, February 4th. SunTrust Banks increased their target price on Post to $115.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, February 4th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Post from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 1st. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies lowered Post from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and reduced their target price for the stock from $115.00 to $109.00 in a report on Thursday, January 24th.

In other Post news, Director Edwin H. Callison acquired 280 shares of Post stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 11th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $100.56 per share, with a total value of $28,156.80. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 8,700 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $874,872. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director William P. Stiritz acquired 134,059 shares of Post stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, February 6th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $96.71 per share, for a total transaction of $12,964,845.89. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 2,659,862 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $257,235,254.02. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders purchased 170,094 shares of company stock worth $16,488,054 over the last ninety days. 8.10% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. BlackRock Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Post by 4.1% during the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 5,805,430 shares of the company’s stock valued at $517,437,000 after purchasing an additional 231,242 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Post by 2.7% during the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 5,758,597 shares of the company’s stock valued at $564,573,000 after purchasing an additional 149,137 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc boosted its stake in shares of Post by 2.7% during the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 5,758,597 shares of the company’s stock valued at $564,573,000 after purchasing an additional 149,137 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its stake in shares of Post by 0.5% during the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 2,439,308 shares of the company’s stock valued at $217,408,000 after purchasing an additional 11,684 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund boosted its stake in shares of Post by 8,813.0% during the fourth quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 2,290,017 shares of the company’s stock valued at $26,000 after purchasing an additional 2,264,324 shares in the last quarter.

POST traded up $1.38 during trading hours on Monday, reaching $110.74. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 456,154 shares, compared to its average volume of 621,055. Post has a 52 week low of $73.58 and a 52 week high of $112.06. The company has a current ratio of 1.56, a quick ratio of 0.93 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.01. The stock has a market cap of $7.36 billion, a PE ratio of 27.14, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.71 and a beta of 0.23.

Post (NYSE:POST) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 31st. The company reported $1.11 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.00 by $0.11. The firm had revenue of $1.41 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.39 billion. Post had a return on equity of 10.53% and a net margin of 4.78%. Equities analysts forecast that Post will post 5 earnings per share for the current year.

About Post

Post Holdings, Inc operates as a consumer packaged goods holding company in the United States and internationally. It operates through Post Consumer Brands, Weetabix, Refrigerated Food, and Active Nutrition segments. The Post Consumer Brands segment manufactures, markets, and sells branded and private label ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal and hot cereal products.

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