Natixis Asset Management increased its position in shares of United Natural Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:UNFI) by 26.7% during the third quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 21,853 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 4,600 shares during the period. Natixis Asset Management’s holdings in United Natural Foods were worth $875,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other large investors also recently modified their holdings of UNFI. Acadian Asset Management LLC acquired a new stake in United Natural Foods during the second quarter valued at about $296,000. LS Investment Advisors LLC raised its stake in United Natural Foods by 75.9% in the second quarter. LS Investment Advisors LLC now owns 3,062 shares of the company’s stock valued at $143,000 after buying an additional 1,321 shares during the last quarter. Clean Yield Group raised its stake in United Natural Foods by 18.3% in the second quarter. Clean Yield Group now owns 94,205 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,409,000 after buying an additional 14,605 shares during the last quarter. Cambiar Investors LLC acquired a new stake in United Natural Foods during the second quarter valued at about $28,805,000. Finally, Trillium Asset Management LLC raised its stake in United Natural Foods by 1.8% in the second quarter. Trillium Asset Management LLC now owns 631,473 shares of the company’s stock valued at $29,553,000 after buying an additional 11,446 shares during the last quarter. 98.89% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for United Natural Foods (NASDAQ:UNFI)

Shares of United Natural Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:UNFI) traded up 0.19% during trading on Friday, reaching $47.42. 382,562 shares of the company traded hands. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $47.63 and a 200 day moving average price of $45.47. United Natural Foods, Inc. has a 12-month low of $29.75 and a 12-month high of $52.18. The firm has a market capitalization of $2.40 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.14 and a beta of 1.28.

United Natural Foods (NASDAQ:UNFI) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, December 7th. The company reported $0.58 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.04. The company earned $2.28 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.33 billion. United Natural Foods had a return on equity of 8.48% and a net margin of 1.44%. United Natural Foods’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.63 EPS. On average, equities analysts predict that United Natural Foods, Inc. will post $2.56 EPS for the current year.

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A number of research firms have weighed in on UNFI. RBC Capital Markets reissued a “sector perform” rating and set a $34.00 target price on shares of United Natural Foods in a research report on Tuesday, December 13th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of United Natural Foods from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 15th. Northcoast Research reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of United Natural Foods in a research report on Monday, November 28th. Barclays PLC began coverage on shares of United Natural Foods in a research report on Thursday, September 22nd. They set an “underweight” rating and a $40.00 target price for the company. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $45.00 target price on shares of United Natural Foods and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, December 9th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $41.89.

About United Natural Foods

United Natural Foods, Inc is a distributor and retailer of natural, organic and specialty products. The Company’s segments include Wholesale and Other. The Wholesale segment is engaged in the national distribution of natural, organic and specialty foods, produce and related products in the United States and Canada.

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