Green Plains Inc (NASDAQ:GPRE) Director Ejnar A. Knudsen III acquired 30,000 shares of Green Plains stock in a transaction on Friday, March 20th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $4.79 per share, with a total value of $143,700.00. Following the purchase, the director now owns 71,956 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $344,669.24. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

Shares of NASDAQ GPRE opened at $5.09 on Thursday. The company has a current ratio of 1.23, a quick ratio of 0.77 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.33. Green Plains Inc has a twelve month low of $3.77 and a twelve month high of $17.74. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $10.18 and a two-hundred day moving average of $12.34. The stock has a market cap of $190.11 million, a P/E ratio of -1.16 and a beta of 1.27.

Green Plains (NASDAQ:GPRE) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, February 10th. The specialty chemicals company reported ($1.13) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.52) by ($0.61). Green Plains had a negative net margin of 5.78% and a negative return on equity of 15.30%. The firm had revenue of $715.68 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $580.00 million. As a group, research analysts predict that Green Plains Inc will post -1.05 earnings per share for the current year.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. raised its stake in shares of Green Plains by 70.3% during the fourth quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 2,504 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock worth $39,000 after purchasing an additional 1,034 shares during the last quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC purchased a new stake in shares of Green Plains during the third quarter worth approximately $93,000. Victory Capital Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of Green Plains by 18.3% during the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 7,227 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock worth $112,000 after purchasing an additional 1,116 shares during the last quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio raised its stake in shares of Green Plains by 21.7% during the third quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 11,424 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock worth $121,000 after purchasing an additional 2,038 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Aigen Investment Management LP purchased a new stake in shares of Green Plains during the fourth quarter worth approximately $122,000. Institutional investors own 97.21% of the company’s stock.

GPRE has been the subject of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Green Plains from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 12th. BidaskClub cut Green Plains from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, March 7th. Jefferies Financial Group cut Green Plains from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday. Finally, ValuEngine cut Green Plains from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 4th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $16.00.

Green Plains Company Profile

Green Plains Inc produces, markets, and distributes ethanol in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Ethanol Production; Agribusiness and Energy Services; Food and Ingredients; and Partnership. The Ethanol Production segment produces and sells ethanol, distiller grains, and corn oil.

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