Investment House LLC increased its position in Whole Foods Market Inc. (NASDAQ:WFM) by 14.1% during the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm owned 53,050 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 6,540 shares during the period. Investment House LLC’s holdings in Whole Foods Market were worth $1,699,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other large investors also recently bought and sold shares of WFM. Pioneer Investment Management Inc. boosted its stake in Whole Foods Market by 250.7% in the fourth quarter. Pioneer Investment Management Inc. now owns 403,026 shares of the company’s stock worth $13,501,000 after buying an additional 288,102 shares during the last quarter. Norges Bank bought a new stake in Whole Foods Market during the fourth quarter worth approximately $165,182,000. DnB Asset Management AS boosted its stake in Whole Foods Market by 97.9% in the first quarter. DnB Asset Management AS now owns 47,500 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,478,000 after buying an additional 23,500 shares during the last quarter. Fjarde AP Fonden Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund boosted its stake in Whole Foods Market by 11.1% in the first quarter. Fjarde AP Fonden Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund now owns 79,268 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,466,000 after buying an additional 7,933 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Exxonmobil Investment Management Inc. TX boosted its stake in Whole Foods Market by 3.3% in the first quarter. Exxonmobil Investment Management Inc. TX now owns 79,036 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,459,000 after buying an additional 2,544 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 86.38% of the company’s stock.

Whole Foods Market Inc. (NASDAQ:WFM) traded up 1.31% during trading on Wednesday, reaching $28.59. 3,884,144 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. Whole Foods Market Inc. has a 12-month low of $27.67 and a 12-month high of $35.58. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $29.96 and its 200-day moving average is $31.31. The company has a market cap of $9.11 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.28 and a beta of 0.74.

Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFM) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $0.37 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.37. The firm had revenue of $3.70 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.73 billion. Whole Foods Market had a net margin of 3.03% and a return on equity of 15.55%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 2.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.43 EPS. Analysts predict that Whole Foods Market Inc. will post $1.51 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of equities research analysts have commented on WFM shares. Wedbush restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $29.00 price target on shares of Whole Foods Market in a report on Thursday, May 26th. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “buy” rating on shares of Whole Foods Market in a report on Thursday, May 26th. Credit Suisse Group AG upgraded shares of Whole Foods Market from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and raised their price target for the stock from $30.00 to $40.00 in a report on Sunday, May 29th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Vetr cut shares of Whole Foods Market from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $38.47 price target for the company. in a report on Monday, June 6th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Cos. restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $29.00 price target on shares of Whole Foods Market in a report on Sunday, June 12th. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, sixteen have given a hold rating, six have assigned a buy rating and three have given a strong buy rating to the stock. Whole Foods Market currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $30.29.

In other news, Director Shahid M. Hassan sold 7,916 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $28.41, for a total transaction of $224,893.56. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Insiders own 1.09% of the company’s stock.

Whole Foods Market Company Profile

Whole Foods Market, Inc is engaged in operating natural and organic foods supermarkets. The Company’s brands include Allegro Coffee, Whole Foods Market, Whole Paws and Engine 2 Plant-Strong. As of April 10, 2016, the Company operated 441 stores, which include 421 stores in 42 states in the United States and the District of Columbia, 11 stores in Canada, and 9 stores in the United Kingdom.

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