Shares of Hostess Brands Inc (NASDAQ:TWNK) have earned an average rating of “Hold” from the thirteen analysts that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and four have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year target price among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $14.00.

TWNK has been the topic of several recent research reports. BidaskClub raised Hostess Brands from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 15th. Zacks Investment Research raised Hostess Brands from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 28th. UBS Group set a $12.00 price objective on Hostess Brands and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 8th. Citigroup set a $12.00 price objective on Hostess Brands and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, November 12th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised Hostess Brands from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and raised their price objective for the stock from $13.00 to $14.00 in a research note on Thursday, December 6th.

NASDAQ:TWNK traded up $0.02 on Friday, hitting $11.35. The stock had a trading volume of 29,006 shares, compared to its average volume of 570,536. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.45 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.98 and a beta of 0.47. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.64, a quick ratio of 1.85 and a current ratio of 2.13. Hostess Brands has a 52-week low of $9.86 and a 52-week high of $15.04.

Hostess Brands (NASDAQ:TWNK) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 7th. The company reported $0.10 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.12 by ($0.02). Hostess Brands had a return on equity of 3.76% and a net margin of 27.74%. The company had revenue of $211.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $208.64 million. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.14 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 9.7% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, equities analysts forecast that Hostess Brands will post 0.52 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Teachers Advisors LLC grew its holdings in Hostess Brands by 2.1% during the 3rd quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 191,651 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,122,000 after buying an additional 4,017 shares in the last quarter. Rothschild & Co. Asset Management US Inc. grew its holdings in Hostess Brands by 0.3% during the 3rd quarter. Rothschild & Co. Asset Management US Inc. now owns 1,940,812 shares of the company’s stock valued at $21,485,000 after buying an additional 5,799 shares in the last quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY grew its holdings in Hostess Brands by 23.4% during the 2nd quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY now owns 32,219 shares of the company’s stock valued at $438,000 after buying an additional 6,102 shares in the last quarter. Diversified Trust Co grew its holdings in Hostess Brands by 58.4% during the 3rd quarter. Diversified Trust Co now owns 22,371 shares of the company’s stock valued at $248,000 after buying an additional 8,250 shares in the last quarter. Finally, MetLife Investment Advisors LLC grew its holdings in Hostess Brands by 23.1% during the 2nd quarter. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC now owns 45,622 shares of the company’s stock valued at $620,000 after buying an additional 8,558 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 85.10% of the company’s stock.

About Hostess Brands

Hostess Brands, Inc, a packaged food company, develops, manufactures, markets, sells, and distributes fresh sweet baked goods in the United States. It primarily offer coffee cakes, cinnamon rolls, honey buns, brownies, bread and buns, jumbo muffins, and eclairs under the Twinkies, CupCakes, Ding Dongs, Zingers, HoHos, Donettes, Dolly Madison, and Superior on Main brands.

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