Opera Trading Capital increased its holdings in Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) by 152.6% during the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund owned 6,907 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 4,173 shares during the quarter. Opera Trading Capital’s holdings in Herbalife were worth $468,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other large investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in HLF. APG Asset Management N.V. raised its stake in Herbalife by 640.9% during the fourth quarter. APG Asset Management N.V. now owns 353,400 shares of the company’s stock valued at $19,930,000 after buying an additional 305,700 shares in the last quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC raised its stake in Herbalife by 60.9% during the fourth quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 48,100 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,257,000 after buying an additional 18,214 shares in the last quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue acquired a new stake in Herbalife during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $338,000. California Public Employees Retirement System raised its stake in Herbalife by 1.5% during the third quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 285,253 shares of the company’s stock valued at $19,349,000 after buying an additional 4,253 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Think Investments LP raised its stake in Herbalife by 44.6% during the third quarter. Think Investments LP now owns 633,583 shares of the company’s stock valued at $42,976,000 after buying an additional 195,483 shares in the last quarter.

In other news, EVP Robert Levy sold 6,980 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, January 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $78.54, for a total transaction of $548,209.20. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 212,595 shares in the company, valued at approximately $16,697,211.30. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, SVP Thomas Harms sold 8,532 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $68.49, for a total value of $584,356.68. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 1,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $68,490. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 35,179 shares of company stock worth $2,548,750 over the last quarter. Insiders own 4.95% of the company’s stock.

Several analysts have issued reports on the company. ValuEngine upgraded Herbalife from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 22nd. Zacks Investment Research cut Herbalife from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. Pivotal Research restated a “buy” rating and set a $120.00 price objective on shares of Herbalife in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. SunTrust Banks restated a “hold” rating and set a $67.00 price objective on shares of Herbalife in a research note on Friday, November 10th. Finally, Citigroup restated a “hold” rating and set a $73.00 price objective (up previously from $71.00) on shares of Herbalife in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Herbalife has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $83.25.

Shares of Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) traded up $0.25 during trading on Wednesday, hitting $83.20. The stock had a trading volume of 561,739 shares, compared to its average volume of 924,559. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 9.94, a current ratio of 2.65 and a quick ratio of 2.24. The firm has a market cap of $7,262.65, a PE ratio of 18.86 and a beta of 1.25. Herbalife Ltd. has a fifty-two week low of $50.70 and a fifty-two week high of $84.06.

Herbalife (NYSE:HLF) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The company reported $0.82 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.82. The business had revenue of $1.09 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.09 billion. Herbalife had a return on equity of 176.64% and a net margin of 8.60%. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 3.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.21 EPS. research analysts forecast that Herbalife Ltd. will post 4.55 EPS for the current year.

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About Herbalife

Herbalife Ltd. is a global nutrition company. The Company develops and sells weight management, healthy meals and snacks, sports and fitness, energy and targeted nutritional products, as well as personal care products. Its operating segments are based on geographical operations in six regions: North America; Mexico; South and Central America; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific, and China.

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