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Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM) Director Fred L. Banks, Jr. sold 2,000 shares of Sanderson Farms stock in a transaction dated Monday, June 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $93.74, for a total value of $187,480.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 20,651 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,935,825. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link.

A number of research firms have recently commented on SAFM. Analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised their price target on shares of Sanderson Farms from $81.00 to $82.00 in a research note on Friday, May 30th. They now have a “neutral” rating on the stock. Separately, analysts at Zacks upgraded shares of Sanderson Farms from an “underperform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 29th. They now have a $89.70 price target on the stock. Finally, analysts at Goldman Sachs downgraded shares of Sanderson Farms from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 8th. They now have a $80.00 price target on the stock. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $76.95.

Shares of Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM) traded down 0.90% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $92.828. The stock had a trading volume of 173,896 shares. Sanderson Farms has a 52 week low of $59.77 and a 52 week high of $97.84. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $86.4 and a 200-day moving average of $77.12. The company has a market cap of $2.142 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.19.

Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM) last released its earnings data on Thursday, May 29th. The company reported $2.21 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the analysts’ consensus estimate of $1.68 by $0.53. The company had revenue of $660.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $620.99 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.06 earnings per share. Sanderson Farms’s revenue was up 6.4% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts predict that Sanderson Farms will post $9.35 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Sanderson Farms, Inc is a poultry processing company engaged in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of fresh and frozen chicken products.

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