United Natural Foods, Inc. (NYSE:UNFI) shares, rose in value on Thursday, Jan 14, with the stock price up by 15.83% to the previous day’s close as strong demand from buyers drove the stock to $22.26.

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Actively observing the price movement in the recent trading, the stock is buoying the session at $19.22, falling within a range of $19.35 and $22.50. The value of beta (5-year monthly) is 1.49 whereas the PE ratio is 9.8 over 12-month period. Referring to stock’s 52-week performance, its high was $23.38, and the low was $5. On the whole, UNFI has fluctuated by 23.36% over the past month.

With the market capitalization of United Natural Foods, Inc. currently standing at about $1.09 Billion, investors are eagerly awaiting this quarter’s results, scheduled for Mar 09, 2021- Mar 15, 2021. The company’s Forward Dividend Ratio is 0, with its dividend yield at 0%. As a result, investors may see a weakening in the stock’s price before the company announces its earnings report. Analysts are projecting the company’s earnings per share (EPS) to be $0.81, which is expected to increase to $2.72 for fiscal year 2021 and then to about $3.17 by fiscal year 2022. Data indicates that the EPS growth is expected to be 0.17% in 2021, while the next year’s EPS growth is forecast to be -0.01%.

Analysts have estimated the company’s revenue for the quarter at $6.9 Billion, with a low estimate of $6.82 Billion and a high estimate of $6.97 Billion. According to the average forecast, sales growth in current quarter could jump up +12.5%, compared to the corresponding quarter of last year. Wall Street analysts also predicted that in 2021, the company’s y-o-y revenues would reach $27.17 Billion, representing an increase of 2.5% from the revenues reported in the last year’s results.

We see that UNFI’s technical picture suggests that short-term indicators denote the stock is a Hold on average. However, medium term indicators have put the stock in the category of 50% Sell while long term indicators on average have been pointing out that it is a 100% Buy.

12 analyst(s) have assigned their ratings of the stock’s forecast evaluation on a scale of 1.00-5.00 to indicate a strong buy to a strong sell recommendation. The stock is rated as a Hold by 8 analyst(s), 3 recommend it as a Buy and no body called the UNFI stock Outperform. In the meantime, none analyst(s) believe the stock as Underperform and 1 think it is a Sell. Thus, investors eager to increase their holdings of the company’s stock will have an opportunity to do so as the average rating for the stock is Hold.

The stock’s technical analysis shows that the PEG ratio is about 0, with the price of UNFI currently trading nearly 34.67% and 33.71% away from the simple moving averages for 20 and 50 days respectively. The Relative Strength Index (RSI, 14) currently indicates a reading of 73.98, while the 7-day volatility ratio is showing 7.46% which for the 30-day chart, stands at 5.75%. Furthermore, United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI)’s beta value is 1.49, and its average true range (ATR) is 1.11. The company’s stock has been forecasted to trade at an average price of $20.13 over the course of the next 52 weeks, with a low of $17 and a high of $26. Based on these price targets, the low is -23.63 off current price, whereas the price has to move +16.8% to reach the yearly target high. Additionally, analysts’ median price of $19.5 is likely to be welcomed by investors because it represents an increase of -12.4% from the current levels.

A comparison of United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) with its peers suggests the former has fared considerably better in the market. UNFI showed an intraday change of +15.83% in today’s session so far, and over the past year, it grew by +120.16%. In comparison, Mondelez Intl Inc (MDLZ) has moved lower at -0.16% today and is up +5.87% over the past 12 months. On the other hand, the price of Kraft Heinz Company (KHC) has fallen -0.3% today. The stock, however, is off 0.88% from where it was a year ago. Additionally, there is a gain of 1583% for Sysco Corp (SYY) in recent trading while the stock has seen an overall apprecation of 120.16% over the past year. The PE ratio stands at 9.8 for United Natural Foods, Inc., compared to 26.49 for Mondelez Intl Inc, and 0 for Kraft Heinz Company. Other than that, the overall performance of the S&P 500 during the today’s session so far shows that it gained 0.21%. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial improved by 0.37%.

Data on historical trading for United Natural Foods, Inc. (NYSE:UNFI) indicates that the trading volumes over the past 10 days have averaged 1.69 Million and over the past 3 months, they’ve averaged 1.45 Million. According to company’s latest data on outstanding shares, there are 56.14 Million shares outstanding.

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Nearly 1.87% of United Natural Foods, Inc.’s shares belong to company insiders and institutional investors own 85.86% of the company’s shares, according to Thomson Reuters’ data. The data on short interest also indicates that stock shorts accounted for 13.89 Million shares as on December 30, 2020, resulting in a short ratio of 7.75. According to the data, the short interest in United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) stood at 24.74% of shares outstanding as of December 30, 2020; the number of short shares registered in November reached 11.82 Million. The stock has risen by +20.35% since the beginning of the year, thereby showing the potential of a further growth. This could raise investors’ confidence to be optimistic about the UNFI stock heading into the next quarter.


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