Hostess Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:TWNK) insider Cdm Hostess Class C, Llc sold 31,685 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.30, for a total transaction of $484,780.50. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 31,685 shares in the company, valued at $484,780.50. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink.

Shares of Hostess Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ TWNK) traded down $0.02 during trading hours on Wednesday, reaching $14.98. 600,466 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,390,926. Hostess Brands, Inc. has a one year low of $11.00 and a one year high of $17.18. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.77, a quick ratio of 1.88 and a current ratio of 2.18.

Hostess Brands (NASDAQ:TWNK) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The company reported $0.14 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.13 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $192.30 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $198.42 million. Hostess Brands had a net margin of 2.58% and a return on equity of 1.16%. The firm’s revenue was down 2.0% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts forecast that Hostess Brands, Inc. will post 0.6 EPS for the current year.

Several equities analysts recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Hostess Brands from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 19th. SunTrust Banks upped their price target on shares of Hostess Brands to $20.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Morgan Stanley assumed coverage on shares of Hostess Brands in a report on Monday, September 25th. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $14.00 price target on the stock. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $16.00 price target on shares of Hostess Brands in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Finally, J P Morgan Chase & Co assumed coverage on shares of Hostess Brands in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $15.00 price target on the stock. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $16.67.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. purchased a new stake in Hostess Brands in the 2nd quarter valued at about $113,000. Segall Bryant & Hamill LLC purchased a new stake in Hostess Brands in the 3rd quarter valued at about $150,000. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA boosted its position in Hostess Brands by 896.1% in the 2nd quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 9,881 shares of the company’s stock valued at $159,000 after buying an additional 8,889 shares during the period. JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted its position in Hostess Brands by 340.8% in the 3rd quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 11,782 shares of the company’s stock valued at $161,000 after buying an additional 9,109 shares during the period. Finally, Cipher Capital LP purchased a new stake in Hostess Brands in the 3rd quarter valued at about $167,000. 78.60% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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About Hostess Brands

Hostess Brands, Inc, a packaged food company, focuses on developing, manufacturing, marketing, selling, and distributing fresh sweet baked goods in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Sweet Baked Goods and Other. Its principal product lines include Twinkies, Zingers, Donettes, coffee cakes, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, Ding Dongs, honey buns, fruit pies, Sno Balls, mini muffins, Chocodiles, Ho Hos, brownies, Suzy Qs, bread and buns, danishes, jumbo muffins, iced cookies, eclairs, and madeleines.

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