Vitamin Shoppe (NYSE: VSI) recently received a number of ratings updates from brokerages and research firms:

  • 9/22/2018 – Vitamin Shoppe was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Vitamin Shoppe is a specialty retailer and direct marketer of nutritional products. It primarily sells vitamins, minerals, nutritional supplements, herbs, sports nutrition formulas, homeopathic remedies, green living products and health and beauty aids. Based in North Bergen, New Jersey, the company is recognized as an innovator in providing product information, associate training, and customer education. Information is available to consumers through unprecedented outlets including television, radio, friends, family, health practitioners, and the internet. It offers consumers the opportunity to take charge of their own health and wellness requirements, and supplement where necessary. At each store location, consumers can find a comprehensive Learning Center which offers free access to vital information about key health concerns and products. The Vitamin Shoppe is a strong supporter of health and wellness campaigns including Life Supplemented sponsored by the Council for Responsible Nutrition. “
  • 9/17/2018 – Vitamin Shoppe is now covered by analysts at Morgan Stanley. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $14.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/7/2018 – Vitamin Shoppe was downgraded by analysts at Barclays PLC from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating.
  • 9/4/2018 – Vitamin Shoppe was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating.
  • 8/14/2018 – Vitamin Shoppe was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 8/8/2018 – Vitamin Shoppe was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 8/1/2018 – Vitamin Shoppe was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Vitamin Shoppe is a specialty retailer and direct marketer of nutritional products. It primarily sells vitamins, minerals, nutritional supplements, herbs, sports nutrition formulas, homeopathic remedies, green living products and health and beauty aids. Based in North Bergen, New Jersey, the company is recognized as an innovator in providing product information, associate training, and customer education. Information is available to consumers through unprecedented outlets including television, radio, friends, family, health practitioners, and the internet. It offers consumers the opportunity to take charge of their own health and wellness requirements, and supplement where necessary. At each store location, consumers can find a comprehensive Learning Center which offers free access to vital information about key health concerns and products. The Vitamin Shoppe is a strong supporter of health and wellness campaigns including Life Supplemented sponsored by the Council for Responsible Nutrition. “

Shares of VSI traded up $0.05 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $11.15. 54,609 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 739,666. The stock has a market cap of $269.39 million, a PE ratio of 28.59 and a beta of 0.72. The company has a current ratio of 1.96, a quick ratio of 0.32 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.32. Vitamin Shoppe Inc has a 12 month low of $2.95 and a 12 month high of $13.95.

Vitamin Shoppe (NYSE:VSI) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 8th. The specialty retailer reported $0.31 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.04 by $0.27. The company had revenue of $293.10 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $279.87 million. Vitamin Shoppe had a positive return on equity of 2.42% and a negative net margin of 8.76%.

In other news, Director Guillermo Marmol bought 8,900 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 10th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $11.21 per share, with a total value of $99,769.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly owns 49,479 shares in the company, valued at $554,659.59. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Sharon M. Leite bought 5,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 31st. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $12.64 per share, for a total transaction of $69,520.00. Following the acquisition, the chief executive officer now owns 5,500 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $69,520. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders own 18.50% of the company’s stock.

A number of large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. California Public Employees Retirement System raised its holdings in Vitamin Shoppe by 5.0% during the first quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 282,758 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $1,230,000 after purchasing an additional 13,338 shares in the last quarter. Trexquant Investment LP bought a new stake in Vitamin Shoppe during the second quarter worth approximately $105,000. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC bought a new stake in Vitamin Shoppe during the second quarter worth approximately $129,000. GSA Capital Partners LLP bought a new stake in Vitamin Shoppe during the first quarter worth approximately $109,000. Finally, Teton Advisors Inc. raised its holdings in Vitamin Shoppe by 83.3% during the second quarter. Teton Advisors Inc. now owns 55,000 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $382,000 after purchasing an additional 25,000 shares in the last quarter. 89.55% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Vitamin Shoppe, Inc, through its subsidiaries, operates as a omni-channel specialty retailer and contract manufacturer of nutritional products in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Retail and Manufacturing. The company provides custom manufacturing and private labeling services for vitamin, mineral, and supplement products, as well as develops and markets own branded products.

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