Investors purchased shares of Aramark (NYSE:ARMK) on weakness during trading hours on Tuesday. $27.50 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $9.74 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $17.76 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, Aramark had the 20th highest net in-flow for the day. Aramark traded down ($0.15) for the day and closed at $31.11

A number of analysts have recently commented on ARMK shares. TheStreet cut shares of Aramark from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Thursday, December 27th. Morgan Stanley set a $34.00 target price on shares of Aramark and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 8th. Berenberg Bank raised shares of Aramark from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $31.00 target price for the company in a research note on Thursday, January 17th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Aramark from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, January 18th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group cut their target price on shares of Aramark from $53.00 to $44.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Wednesday, February 6th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $40.17.

The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.28, a quick ratio of 1.04 and a current ratio of 1.21. The firm has a market cap of $7.67 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.63, a PEG ratio of 1.48 and a beta of 1.10.

Aramark (NYSE:ARMK) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 5th. The company reported $0.63 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.55 by $0.08. Aramark had a net margin of 3.27% and a return on equity of 17.81%. The business had revenue of $4.27 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.19 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.59 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 7.6% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, analysts forecast that Aramark will post 2.12 EPS for the current year.

In other news, VP Stephen P. Bramlage, Jr. acquired 3,195 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, February 14th. The shares were bought at an average price of $31.26 per share, for a total transaction of $99,875.70. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, EVP Lynn Mckee sold 43,915 shares of Aramark stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $29.58, for a total transaction of $1,299,005.70. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 3.30% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Endurance Wealth Management Inc. increased its stake in shares of Aramark by 0.9% in the fourth quarter. Endurance Wealth Management Inc. now owns 38,320 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,110,000 after buying an additional 325 shares during the last quarter. First Hawaiian Bank increased its stake in Aramark by 48.3% during the fourth quarter. First Hawaiian Bank now owns 1,366 shares of the company’s stock valued at $40,000 after purchasing an additional 445 shares during the last quarter. D.A. Davidson & CO. increased its stake in Aramark by 7.6% during the fourth quarter. D.A. Davidson & CO. now owns 6,984 shares of the company’s stock valued at $202,000 after purchasing an additional 496 shares during the last quarter. Nordea Investment Management AB increased its stake in Aramark by 6.0% during the fourth quarter. Nordea Investment Management AB now owns 11,865 shares of the company’s stock valued at $344,000 after purchasing an additional 673 shares during the last quarter. Finally, IFM Investors Pty Ltd increased its stake in Aramark by 5.9% during the fourth quarter. IFM Investors Pty Ltd now owns 14,839 shares of the company’s stock valued at $430,000 after purchasing an additional 831 shares during the last quarter.

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About Aramark (NYSE:ARMK)

Aramark provides food, facilities management, and uniform services to education, healthcare, business and industry, sports, leisure, and corrections clients in North America and internationally. It operates in three segments: Food and Support Services United States, Food and Support Services International, and Uniform and Career Apparel.

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