United Natural Foods, Inc. (NYSE:UNFI) could be among the best stocks to invest in right now as the company shares are trading 6.84% or 0.64 points up from last closing price of $9.35, reaching $9.99 at last check. Any clue why there is so much of action in the UNFI stock? The share price has risen in 4 of the last 5 days and is up 10.91% over the past week. It will be exciting to see whether the stock manages to continue increasing or take a minor break for the next few days. The move came on weak volume too with far less shares changing hands than in a normal session. Trading activity as of this writing weakened by -730,803 shares, and in total 173297 shares valued at $1.731 million were seen changing hands compared with 904100 shares valued at $8.453 million recorded at the previous session. You should take into consideration that a falling volume on higher prices causes divergence and may be an early warning about possible changes in UNFI stock for the next couple of days.
United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) shares have notched a 3-month gain of about 10.91%, but has still tumbled -11.71% year to date. By comparison, the stock sank -56.73% over the past 12 months, while it jumped 22.06% over the 1 month. The company’s market cap is around $493.08M, with its short interest ratio standing at 5.22%.
In the current trading session for UNFI, the stock witnessed two major price actions, it rose to a high of $10.07 and was down as much as $9.44 at one point. The high recorded is very low when compared to their 52-week high which is $6.56. The 52-week high is now at -53.06 distance from current price. Their recent low of $21.25 represents a 52.06% recovery. This data is quite important for investors who look to benefit from the recent rise of the company’s stock. The price target currently for UNFI is $8, this is below the recent high that the stock attained. Taking a look at the overall sentimental views of financial analysts, the trading pattern of this stock recently is very clear.
The stock of United Natural Foods, Inc. earned $-6.91 per share in the trailing 12 months and has a P/E ratio of -1.45. You can compare it with that of similar companies in its industry to get a sense of whether the stock you’re looking to purchase is overvalued or undervalued. Its current price to earnings ratio is lower than the ones recorded by the industry which is 21 and lower compared to the sector’s average of 29.63. When the P/E ratio is low let’s say below 1.0, then the stock price is considered a good value. UNFI also has P/S multiple of 0.02. This is smaller versus the 12 month P/S ratios of other companies in the same indutry. The peer average price to sales ratio is 0.03x.
UNFI‘s last price was down -4.36% as compared to the average trading price of 50 days recorded at $10.45 while enlarging the period to 200 trading days, the average closing price was $8.33. At present, there are 52.74 million in the total number of common shares owned by the public and among those 52.68 million shares have been available to trade. The percentage of shares being held by the company management was 0.8% while institutions stake was 96.9%. The company has generated negative returns on equity over the last 12 months (-17.9%). It managed to keep its gross profit margin at 13% over the past 12 months.
When assessing the full upside of the UNFI stock, there is another set of technicals that should be looked into and considered. Its 18.3% gain from moving average of $8.44 has brought about a positive sentiment when calculated over the last 20 days. The market has allocated a beta of 2.13 to the stock. With the beta been greater than one, this implies that the company shares are theoretically more volatile than the market, something that the traders definitely are keeping an eye on.
Most of the analysts surveyed by Thomson/First Call think quite highly of United Natural Foods, Inc. — 1 analysts rate the stock as a buy with another 0 rating it strong buy. There are 5 analysts who maintain a hold rating for the stock, with 4 giving it a sell rating. Analysts arrived at a 12-month price target of $12.74 on shares of United Natural Foods, Inc. (NYSE:UNFI), which corresponds to 29.70% upside potential than its current market price of $9.99 and implies potential despite the recent advance in the price. However, their current target price has fallen from $12.74 a month ago and is down handily from the consensus target of $18.22 a quarter ago.
In the last five years, the EPS of the company has been roughly -36.4%. Though the percentage looks disappointing, extra headwinds are emerging as looking out over a next 5-year period, with analysts estimating that their earnings will decrease annually by -6.75%. The revenue of the company has risen at an average annualized rate of about 25.8 over the last five years. The company recently recorded an increase of 147.2%, but this figure is rather attractive.
Let’s briefly check the hedge fund interest towards UNFI stock. Saba Capital Management L.P. trimmed position in the company after it dumped -43.7% or 79,961 shares of its common stock. The hedge fund now owns 45,018 shares worth $449,730, SEC documents show. Squarepoint Ops LLC shored up assets in the stock as 73199.81 shares have been purchased, increasing its stake by 6.1% to 77,665 shares which are currently valued at $775,873. In addition, Voloridge Investment Management LLC recently reported that it now owns 21,092 shares making a total of $210,709 based on the recent price. This refelects a change of 78.9% in their ownership.