Shares of Post Holdings Inc (NYSE:POST) have earned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the ten research firms that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and eight have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month price objective among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $117.14.
A number of brokerages have recently commented on POST. Zacks Investment Research raised Post from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $121.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Thursday, April 4th. SunTrust Banks increased their price objective on Post to $115.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, February 4th. Piper Jaffray Companies lowered Post from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and lowered their target price for the company from $115.00 to $109.00 in a report on Thursday, January 24th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co raised their target price on Post from $114.00 to $120.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Monday, February 4th.
In other Post news, Director Edwin H. Callison bought 280 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, February 11th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $100.56 per share, with a total value of $28,156.80. Following the acquisition, the director now directly owns 8,700 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $874,872. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director Robert E. Grote sold 750 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $99.89, for a total value of $74,917.50. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 6,950 shares in the company, valued at approximately $694,235.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders acquired a total of 170,094 shares of company stock worth $16,488,054 in the last ninety days. Insiders own 8.10% of the company’s stock.
Shares of NYSE POST traded up $0.62 during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $110.86. 3,897 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 509,426. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.01, a quick ratio of 0.93 and a current ratio of 1.56. The firm has a market cap of $7.33 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.13, a P/E/G ratio of 3.65 and a beta of 0.23. Post has a fifty-two week low of $73.58 and a fifty-two week high of $110.68.
Post (NYSE:POST) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 31st. The company reported $1.11 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.00 by $0.11. The business had revenue of $1.41 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.39 billion. Post had a return on equity of 10.53% and a net margin of 4.78%. As a group, equities research analysts forecast that Post will post 5 earnings per share for the current year.
Post Holdings, Inc operates as a consumer packaged goods holding company in the United States and internationally. It operates through Post Consumer Brands, Weetabix, Refrigerated Food, and Active Nutrition segments. The Post Consumer Brands segment manufactures, markets, and sells branded and private label ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal and hot cereal products.
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