Vitamin Shoppe Sees Unusually High Options Volume (NYSE:VSI)

Vitamin Shoppe Inc (NYSE:VSI) was the recipient of some unusual options trading on Monday. Investors purchased 5,804 call options on the company. This represents an increase of approximately 6,810% compared to the average daily volume of 84 call options.

Shares of Vitamin Shoppe (NYSE VSI) traded down $0.15 on Friday, reaching $4.00. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,297,979 shares, compared to its average volume of 701,258. The firm has a market cap of $95.91, a P/E ratio of -0.38 and a beta of 0.59. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.59, a current ratio of 2.07 and a quick ratio of 0.32. Vitamin Shoppe has a 12 month low of $2.95 and a 12 month high of $23.25.

Vitamin Shoppe (NYSE:VSI) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The specialty retailer reported ($0.03) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.17 by ($0.20). The company had revenue of $288.20 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $297.61 million. Vitamin Shoppe had a positive return on equity of 6.17% and a negative net margin of 20.27%. Vitamin Shoppe’s revenue for the quarter was down 8.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.50 earnings per share. analysts predict that Vitamin Shoppe will post 0.34 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

VSI has been the subject of several analyst reports. ValuEngine upgraded Vitamin Shoppe from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, October 5th. Zacks Investment Research raised Vitamin Shoppe from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Barclays cut their target price on Vitamin Shoppe from $6.00 to $3.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, November 9th. Finally, Morgan Stanley cut their target price on Vitamin Shoppe from $7.50 to $4.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, November 9th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and six have issued a hold rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $5.00.

In related news, major shareholder Vintage Capital Management Llc bought 133,804 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, January 2nd. The stock was bought at an average price of $4.28 per share, for a total transaction of $572,681.12. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Insiders purchased 700,639 shares of company stock valued at $3,238,647 in the last quarter. 1.07% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of VSI. Shah Capital Management boosted its stake in shares of Vitamin Shoppe by 157.9% during the 4th quarter. Shah Capital Management now owns 3,330,000 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $14,652,000 after acquiring an additional 2,038,667 shares in the last quarter. GMT Capital Corp purchased a new stake in shares of Vitamin Shoppe during the 3rd quarter worth about $3,423,000. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board boosted its stake in shares of Vitamin Shoppe by 175.5% during the 3rd quarter. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board now owns 652,600 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $3,491,000 after acquiring an additional 415,700 shares in the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Vitamin Shoppe by 106.0% during the 4th quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 667,112 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $2,936,000 after acquiring an additional 343,326 shares in the last quarter. Finally, FMR LLC boosted its stake in shares of Vitamin Shoppe by 32.4% during the 2nd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 1,254,690 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $14,617,000 after acquiring an additional 307,050 shares in the last quarter. 99.56% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Vitamin Shoppe Company Profile

Vitamin Shoppe, Inc (VSI) is a multi-channel specialty retailer and contract manufacturer of vitamins, minerals, herbs, specialty supplements, sports nutrition, and other health and wellness products. The Company operates through three segments: retail, direct and manufacturing. The retail segment includes Vitamin Shoppe, Super Supplements and Vitapath retail store formats.

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