News headlines about Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Dean Foods earned a daily sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the company an impact score of 46.638267970694 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:
- Why Is Dean Foods (DF) Down 5% Since Its Last Earnings Report? (finance.yahoo.com)
- Milked for all it's worth: 20 years after buyout, last of Ezell family exits Purity Dairies (finance.yahoo.com)
- $0.13 Earnings Per Share Expected for Dean Foods Co (DF) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com)
- ValuEngine Lowers Dean Foods (DF) to Hold (americanbankingnews.com)
- Dean Foods (DF) Earns Underperform Rating from Credit Suisse Group (americanbankingnews.com)
Several equities analysts recently issued reports on DF shares. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Dean Foods from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 7th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Dean Foods from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $13.00 target price on the stock in a report on Thursday, January 18th. Vertical Group upgraded shares of Dean Foods from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, January 8th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $13.00 price target on shares of Dean Foods in a research note on Monday, February 26th. Finally, Stephens reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Dean Foods in a research note on Tuesday, February 27th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $12.15.
Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) last posted its earnings results on Monday, February 26th. The company reported $0.25 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.26 by ($0.01). The business had revenue of $1.94 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.96 billion. Dean Foods had a return on equity of 11.80% and a net margin of 0.79%. The company’s revenue was down 4.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.38 earnings per share. research analysts forecast that Dean Foods will post 0.64 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, March 28th. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 19th were given a dividend of $0.09 per share. This represents a $0.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.18%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, March 16th. Dean Foods’s payout ratio is presently 53.73%.
In other news, SVP Jose A. Motta sold 8,733 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, March 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.28, for a total transaction of $81,042.24. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Insiders own 1.20% of the company’s stock.
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About Dean Foods
Dean Foods Company is a food and beverage company. The Company processes and distributes fluid milk, and other dairy and dairy case products in the United States. It is engaged in manufacturing, marketing, selling and distributing a range of branded and private label dairy and dairy case products. It offers branded and private label dairy case products, including fluid milk, ice cream, cultured dairy products, creamers, ice cream mix and other dairy products to retailers, distributors, foodservice outlets, educational institutions and governmental entities across the United States.
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