Burren Capital Advisors Ltd bought a new stake in shares of Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:WFM) in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor bought 54,780 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,307,000. Whole Foods Market comprises approximately 14.0% of Burren Capital Advisors Ltd’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 4th biggest holding.

Other large investors also recently bought and sold shares of the company. BlackRock Inc. boosted its position in shares of Whole Foods Market by 3,657.4% during the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 26,099,592 shares of the company’s stock worth $775,680,000 after buying an additional 25,404,982 shares during the period. OZ Management LP boosted its position in shares of Whole Foods Market by 508.2% during the second quarter. OZ Management LP now owns 3,479,747 shares of the company’s stock worth $146,532,000 after buying an additional 2,907,647 shares during the period. Nuance Investments LLC acquired a new position in shares of Whole Foods Market during the second quarter worth approximately $102,820,000. York Capital Management Global Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Whole Foods Market during the second quarter worth approximately $59,660,000. Finally, Renaissance Technologies LLC boosted its position in shares of Whole Foods Market by 774.7% during the first quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 1,588,848 shares of the company’s stock worth $47,221,000 after buying an additional 1,407,200 shares during the period. 79.18% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on WFM shares. Wells Fargo & Company reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Whole Foods Market in a research report on Wednesday, July 26th. UBS AG upgraded Whole Foods Market from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $42.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Monday, July 10th. Barclays PLC upgraded Whole Foods Market from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and boosted their price objective for the stock from $38.00 to $48.00 in a research report on Friday, June 16th. Gordon Haskett downgraded Whole Foods Market from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $42.00 price objective for the company. in a research report on Monday, June 26th. Finally, SunTrust Banks, Inc. downgraded Whole Foods Market from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and boosted their price objective for the stock from $40.00 to $42.00 in a research report on Tuesday, June 20th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nineteen have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $37.76.

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Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFM) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The company reported $0.36 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.33 by $0.03. Whole Foods Market had a net margin of 2.85% and a return on equity of 13.51%. The firm had revenue of $3.73 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.72 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.37 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up .6% on a year-over-year basis.

About Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market, Inc is engaged in the business of natural and organic foods supermarket. The Company operates approximately 456 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Its stores have an average size of approximately 39,000 square feet, and are supported by its distribution centers, bake house facilities, commissary kitchens, seafood-processing facilities, a produce procurement center, and a specialty coffee and tea procurement and roasting operation, among others.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFM)

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