News stories about United Natural Foods (NASDAQ:UNFI) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. United Natural Foods earned a news impact score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the company an impact score of 58 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for United Natural Foods (NASDAQ:UNFI)

A number of research analysts have recently commented on UNFI shares. Guggenheim reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $52.00 target price on shares of United Natural Foods in a report on Saturday, March 11th. Citigroup Inc. reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $49.00 target price (down previously from $54.00) on shares of United Natural Foods in a report on Saturday, April 22nd. Loop Capital started coverage on shares of United Natural Foods in a report on Monday, May 15th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $48.00 target price for the company. Wells Fargo & Company reissued a “hold” rating on shares of United Natural Foods in a report on Wednesday, March 8th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of United Natural Foods from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, April 24th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $42.38.

United Natural Foods (UNFI) traded down 0.75% on Friday, reaching $34.60. 1,292,301 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The firm has a market cap of $1.75 billion, a PE ratio of 13.90 and a beta of 1.40. United Natural Foods has a 12 month low of $29.53 and a 12 month high of $52.18. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $40.25 and its 200 day moving average is $43.72.

United Natural Foods (NASDAQ:UNFI) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, June 6th. The company reported $0.77 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.76 by $0.01. United Natural Foods had a return on equity of 8.21% and a net margin of 1.38%. The firm had revenue of $2.37 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.42 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.76 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 11.1% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts predict that United Natural Foods will post $2.55 EPS for the current year.

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About United Natural Foods

United Natural Foods, Inc is a distributor and retailer of natural, organic and specialty products. The Company’s segments include Wholesale and Other. The Wholesale segment is engaged in the national distribution of natural, organic and specialty foods, produce and related products in the United States and Canada.

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