Achmea Investment Management B.V. raised its holdings in shares of Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:WFM) by 23.4% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 65,115 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 12,348 shares during the period. Achmea Investment Management B.V.’s holdings in Whole Foods Market were worth $2,739,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also modified their holdings of the business. Gateway Investment Advisers LLC boosted its stake in Whole Foods Market by 0.3% during the 2nd quarter. Gateway Investment Advisers LLC now owns 20,207 shares of the company’s stock valued at $851,000 after purchasing an additional 64 shares during the last quarter. Cadence Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in Whole Foods Market by 1.1% during the 2nd quarter. Cadence Capital Management LLC now owns 6,971 shares of the company’s stock valued at $294,000 after purchasing an additional 73 shares during the last quarter. CAPROCK Group Inc. boosted its stake in Whole Foods Market by 1.9% during the 2nd quarter. CAPROCK Group Inc. now owns 8,459 shares of the company’s stock valued at $358,000 after purchasing an additional 159 shares during the last quarter. Mercer Capital Advisers Inc. boosted its stake in Whole Foods Market by 0.7% during the 2nd quarter. Mercer Capital Advisers Inc. now owns 26,755 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,127,000 after purchasing an additional 175 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Louisiana State Employees Retirement System boosted its stake in Whole Foods Market by 1.0% during the 2nd quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 19,800 shares of the company’s stock valued at $834,000 after purchasing an additional 200 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 79.18% of the company’s stock.

Several brokerages have commented on WFM. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Whole Foods Market in a research note on Thursday, August 31st. Pivotal Research reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Whole Foods Market in a research note on Tuesday, August 29th. Royal Bank Of Canada set a $42.00 target price on Whole Foods Market and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 29th. Barclays PLC reiterated an “equal weight” rating on shares of Whole Foods Market in a research note on Thursday, August 24th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded Whole Foods Market from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, August 18th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nineteen have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $37.76.

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Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFM) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The company reported $0.36 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.33 by $0.03. Whole Foods Market had a net margin of 2.85% and a return on equity of 13.51%. The company had revenue of $3.73 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.72 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.37 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up .6% on a year-over-year basis.

Whole Foods Market Company Profile

Whole Foods Market, Inc is engaged in the business of natural and organic foods supermarket. The Company operates approximately 456 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Its stores have an average size of approximately 39,000 square feet, and are supported by its distribution centers, bake house facilities, commissary kitchens, seafood-processing facilities, a produce procurement center, and a specialty coffee and tea procurement and roasting operation, among others.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFM)

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