Dean Foods (DF) Given News Impact Rating of 0.06

Headlines about Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) have been trending somewhat positive this week, AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group, a unit of Accern, scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Dean Foods earned a news sentiment score of 0.06 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned media stories about the company an impact score of 71 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Alpha One Sentiment’s rankings:

DF has been the topic of several recent research reports. Wells Fargo & Co reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a $25.00 price objective (up previously from $24.50) on shares of Dean Foods in a research note on Monday, May 15th. Vertical Research raised Dean Foods from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 28th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Dean Foods from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 11th. Morgan Stanley raised Dean Foods from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note on Friday, March 17th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised Dean Foods from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $22.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Friday, March 17th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $23.00.

Shares of Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) traded up 1.012% on Thursday, reaching $18.465. The company had a trading volume of 575,092 shares. The company has a market capitalization of $1.68 billion, a P/E ratio of 23.887 and a beta of 0.28. Dean Foods has a 52 week low of $15.69 and a 52 week high of $22.31. The company has a 50 day moving average of $19.26 and a 200-day moving average of $19.71.

Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, May 9th. The company reported $0.13 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.17 by $0.04. Dean Foods had a return on equity of 24.87% and a net margin of 1.37%. The firm had revenue of $2 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.96 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.45 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.2% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts predict that Dean Foods will post $1.36 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 1st. Stockholders of record on Monday, May 22nd will be given a dividend of $0.09 per share. This represents a $0.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.97%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, May 18th. Dean Foods’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 31.30%.

In related news, Director J Wayne Mailloux sold 3,033 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $19.31, for a total transaction of $58,567.23. Following the transaction, the director now owns 98,384 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,899,795.04. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Insiders have sold 9,099 shares of company stock worth $174,428 in the last quarter. Insiders own 2.30% of the company’s stock.

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Dean Foods Company Profile

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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