Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc (NYSE:NGVC) insider Charity Isely sold 4,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, June 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $11.24, for a total value of $44,960.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 12,179 shares in the company, valued at approximately $136,891.96. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage traded up $0.03, hitting $11.48, during trading hours on Thursday, according to MarketBeat.com. The stock had a trading volume of 853 shares, compared to its average volume of 128,747. The company has a current ratio of 1.48, a quick ratio of 0.22 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.40. The firm has a market capitalization of $248.24 million, a P/E ratio of 37.03, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 12.94 and a beta of 1.09. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc has a 12-month low of $4.79 and a 12-month high of $11.73.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE:NGVC) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, May 3rd. The specialty retailer reported $0.15 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.13 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $215.91 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $210.09 million. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage had a return on equity of 4.47% and a net margin of 1.28%. sell-side analysts predict that Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc will post 0.25 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 20th. ValuEngine raised Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 17th. Finally, Citigroup increased their price target on Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage from $10.50 to $13.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $9.10.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of NGVC. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank raised its position in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 408.2% in the 4th quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 18,660 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $167,000 after buying an additional 14,988 shares during the period. Arrowstreet Capital Limited Partnership purchased a new position in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in the 4th quarter worth $745,000. Geode Capital Management LLC raised its position in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 11.7% in the 4th quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 80,542 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $719,000 after buying an additional 8,444 shares during the period. Deutsche Bank AG raised its position in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 137.7% in the 4th quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 21,444 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $191,000 after buying an additional 12,424 shares during the period. Finally, Stone Ridge Asset Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in the 4th quarter worth $335,000. 33.65% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, retails natural and organic groceries, and dietary supplements in the United States. The company's stores offer natural and organic grocery products, such as organic produce; bulk food and private label products; dry, frozen, and canned groceries; meat and seafood products; dairy products, dairy substitutes, and eggs; prepared foods; bread and baked products; beverages; and beer, wine, and hard cider products.

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