Media stories about United Natural Foods (NASDAQ:UNFI) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. United Natural Foods earned a news impact score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the company an impact score of 45.4986616917321 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

United Natural Foods opened at $46.70 on Thursday, according to MarketBeat Ratings. The company has a market cap of $2.27 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.17, a P/E/G ratio of 1.77 and a beta of 1.43. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.25, a quick ratio of 0.90 and a current ratio of 2.33. United Natural Foods has a 1-year low of $46.21 and a 1-year high of $46.66.

United Natural Foods (NASDAQ:UNFI) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, March 8th. The company reported $0.71 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.54 by $0.17. The business had revenue of $2.53 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.45 billion. United Natural Foods had a return on equity of 8.49% and a net margin of 1.61%. United Natural Foods’s revenue was up 10.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.50 EPS. sell-side analysts predict that United Natural Foods will post 3.1 EPS for the current year.

Several brokerages recently issued reports on UNFI. BMO Capital Markets set a $57.00 price target on United Natural Foods and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 8th. ValuEngine lowered United Natural Foods from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 8th. Susquehanna Bancshares set a $51.00 price target on United Natural Foods and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, March 9th. Pivotal Research set a $34.00 price target on United Natural Foods and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 6th. Finally, Argus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $45.66 price objective (down from $56.00) on shares of United Natural Foods in a report on Wednesday, March 14th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $44.69.

In other news, Director Peter Roy sold 3,990 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.95, for a total value of $175,360.50. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Steven Spinner sold 7,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $45.23, for a total value of $339,225.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 100,633 shares in the company, valued at $4,551,630.59. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.40% of the stock is owned by insiders.

About United Natural Foods

United Natural Foods, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, distributes natural, organic, and specialty foods and non-food products in the United States and Canada. The company operates through three divisions: Wholesale, Retail, and Manufacturing and Branded Products. The Wholesale division offers grocery and general merchandise, produce, perishables and frozen foods, nutritional supplements and sports nutrition, bulk and foodservice products, and personal care products.

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