Media headlines about Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ:SFM) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Sprouts Farmers Market earned a news impact score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the company an impact score of 45.5719675263992 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

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SFM has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. OTR Global lowered Sprouts Farmers Market to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 26th. Zacks Investment Research raised Sprouts Farmers Market from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $25.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Thursday, April 27th. Wells Fargo & Company reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Sprouts Farmers Market in a research note on Friday, April 28th. Jefferies Group LLC set a $26.00 price target on Sprouts Farmers Market and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, May 1st. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $24.00 price target on Sprouts Farmers Market and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 4th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $25.42.

Shares of Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM) opened at 24.14 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $3.27 billion, a P/E ratio of 27.22 and a beta of 0.52. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $23.59 and a 200-day moving average price of $22.08. Sprouts Farmers Market has a 52-week low of $17.38 and a 52-week high of $25.98.

Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ:SFM) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The company reported $0.29 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.25 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $1.18 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.17 billion. Sprouts Farmers Market had a return on equity of 18.79% and a net margin of 2.96%. Sprouts Farmers Market’s quarterly revenue was up 14.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.25 EPS. On average, analysts anticipate that Sprouts Farmers Market will post $0.93 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, insider Brandon F. Lombardi sold 20,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.34, for a total transaction of $486,800.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 73,761 shares in the company, valued at $1,795,342.74. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, COO James Leroy Nielsen sold 55,322 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, May 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $23.74, for a total value of $1,313,344.28. Following the sale, the chief operating officer now owns 152,430 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,618,688.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 110,746 shares of company stock worth $2,638,027. 2.60% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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Sprouts Farmers Market Company Profile

Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc is a food retailer. The Company operates as a grocery store that offers fresh, natural and organic food that includes fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, deli, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, body care and natural household items catering to consumers’ interest in health and wellness.

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