Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE:NGVC) CFO Sandra Buffa sold 100,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $5.53, for a total transaction of $553,000.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 135,091 shares in the company, valued at $747,053.23. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE:NGVC) traded down 1.43% during midday trading on Monday, reaching $5.50. The company had a trading volume of 117,683 shares. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $5.76 and its 200 day moving average is $8.42. The firm has a market capitalization of $123.39 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.35 and a beta of 0.92. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. has a 12-month low of $5.41 and a 12-month high of $13.79.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE:NGVC) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The specialty retailer reported $0.03 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.11 by ($0.08). Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage had a return on equity of 5.50% and a net margin of 0.95%. The firm had revenue of $194.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $196.26 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.12 EPS. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage’s quarterly revenue was up 8.6% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts expect that Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. will post $0.30 earnings per share for the current year.

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Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Royce & Associates LP increased its position in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 25.8% during the second quarter. Royce & Associates LP now owns 824,694 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $6,820,000 after acquiring an additional 169,046 shares during the last quarter. Westfield Capital Management Co. LP lifted its holdings in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 17.5% during the second quarter. Westfield Capital Management Co. LP now owns 764,614 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $6,323,000 after acquiring an additional 113,759 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its holdings in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 29.8% during the second quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 448,490 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $3,709,000 after acquiring an additional 102,891 shares during the period. Rockshelter Capital Management LLC boosted its position in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 0.3% in the first quarter. Rockshelter Capital Management LLC now owns 381,431 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $3,963,000 after purchasing an additional 1,120 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Kennedy Capital Management Inc. boosted its position in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 23.7% in the first quarter. Kennedy Capital Management Inc. now owns 298,178 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $3,098,000 after purchasing an additional 57,131 shares during the last quarter. 32.30% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

A number of analysts have commented on the stock. Jefferies Group LLC set a $10.00 price target on shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, June 16th. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $15.00 price objective on shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in a research report on Friday, June 30th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 6th. Wolfe Research upgraded shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Monday, August 7th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG restated a “hold” rating and set a $8.00 price objective (down from $12.00) on shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $9.92.

About Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage

Natural Grocers By Vitamin Cottage Inc (Natural Grocers) is a specialty retailer of natural and organic groceries and dietary supplements. The Company sells natural and organic groceries and dietary supplements. The Company’s grocery products include: bulk food and private label products, dry, frozen and canned groceries, meats and seafood, dairy products and dairy substitutes, prepared foods, bread and baked goods, and beverages.

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