Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Danone (OTCMKTS:DANOY) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note issued to investors on Friday morning, Zacks.com reports. Zacks Investment Research currently has $20.00 price objective on the stock.

According to Zacks, “Danone SA is engaged in food processing activities primarily in France and internationally. The Company operates in four business lines: Fresh Dairy Products, Waters, Baby Nutrition, and Medical Nutrition. The Fresh Dairy Products division produces and markets yogurts, fermented fresh dairy products, and other specialized fresh dairy products .The Waters division produces and distributes packaged natural, flavored, and vitamin-enriched water. The Baby Nutrition division provides food for infants and toddlers to complement breast-feeding. The Medical Nutrition division offers products to treat disease-related to malnutrition. Danone SA, formerly known as Groupe Danone, is based in Paris, France. “

Several other research firms have also recently commented on DANOY. Credit Suisse Group cut Danone from an outperform rating to a neutral rating in a report on Monday, July 15th. HSBC began coverage on Danone in a report on Friday, June 28th. They issued a hold rating for the company. Finally, BNP Paribas raised Danone from a neutral rating to an outperform rating in a report on Wednesday, August 14th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of Buy and an average price target of $20.00.

OTCMKTS DANOY opened at $17.81 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $57.65 billion, a PE ratio of 21.20, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.58 and a beta of 0.72. The stock’s 50 day simple moving average is $17.17 and its 200-day simple moving average is $16.05. Danone has a 1-year low of $13.57 and a 1-year high of $17.85. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.87, a current ratio of 1.04 and a quick ratio of 0.86.

Danone Company Profile

Danone SA operates in the food and beverage industry worldwide. The company operates through four segments: EDP International, EDP Noram, Specialized Nutrition, and Waters. It offers yogurts under the DanActive, Danimals, Dannon, Danonino, Light & Fit, Oikos, Wallaby, YoCrunch, Danone, Danonino or Prostokvashino, Light & Free, and Vitalinea brand names; and almond-based, cashew-based, soy-based products, ice creams and novelties, and nutrition products under the Silk, So Delicious, Vega, and Alpro brands.

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