Pilgrim’s Pride (NASDAQ:PPC) Rating Increased to Strong-Buy at StockNews.com

Pilgrim’s Pride (NASDAQ:PPCGet Rating) was upgraded by StockNews.com from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a note issued to investors on Tuesday.

A number of other research firms also recently issued reports on PPC. The Goldman Sachs Group cut their price target on Pilgrim’s Pride from $32.00 to $28.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, October 18th. Barclays cut their price target on Pilgrim’s Pride from $36.00 to $29.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, October 25th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, two have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. According to data from MarketBeat, Pilgrim’s Pride presently has an average rating of “Moderate Buy” and a consensus target price of $32.00.

Pilgrim’s Pride Stock Performance

Shares of Pilgrim’s Pride stock traded down $0.19 during trading hours on Tuesday, reaching $25.98. 547,088 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 779,446. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $24.92 and a 200 day moving average price of $26.11. The firm has a market capitalization of $6.14 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 6.70, a P/E/G ratio of 2.35 and a beta of 0.96. Pilgrim’s Pride has a one year low of $20.23 and a one year high of $34.66. The company has a quick ratio of 0.80, a current ratio of 1.55 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.16.

Pilgrim’s Pride (NASDAQ:PPCGet Rating) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 26th. The company reported $1.09 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.87 by $0.22. The business had revenue of $4.47 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.48 billion. Pilgrim’s Pride had a return on equity of 38.44% and a net margin of 5.40%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 16.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.67 EPS. On average, equities research analysts expect that Pilgrim’s Pride will post 3.99 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Institutional Inflows and Outflows

A number of large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its holdings in Pilgrim’s Pride by 3.8% in the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 6,857,532 shares of the company’s stock worth $157,861,000 after purchasing an additional 250,383 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. lifted its holdings in Pilgrim’s Pride by 9.9% in the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 4,464,867 shares of the company’s stock worth $112,067,000 after purchasing an additional 401,749 shares in the last quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. lifted its holdings in Pilgrim’s Pride by 31.9% in the 3rd quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 1,802,446 shares of the company’s stock worth $41,492,000 after purchasing an additional 436,000 shares in the last quarter. State Street Corp lifted its holdings in Pilgrim’s Pride by 2.6% in the 1st quarter. State Street Corp now owns 1,271,899 shares of the company’s stock worth $31,925,000 after purchasing an additional 32,598 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Allspring Global Investments Holdings LLC lifted its holdings in Pilgrim’s Pride by 27.2% in the 3rd quarter. Allspring Global Investments Holdings LLC now owns 1,259,418 shares of the company’s stock worth $28,991,000 after purchasing an additional 269,398 shares in the last quarter. 16.81% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Pilgrim’s Pride Company Profile

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Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. is engaged in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of fresh, frozen, and value-added chicken products to retailers, distributors and foodservice operators. It operates through the following segments: U.S., U.K. & Europe and Mexico. The company was founded by Lonnie A.

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