Dean Foods Co. (NYSE:DF) fell 1.4% during trading on Monday . The company traded as low as $18.84 and last traded at $18.93, with a volume of 891,222 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $19.20.

A number of brokerages have commented on DF. Sanford C. Bernstein reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Dean Foods in a report on Thursday, May 12th. TheStreet upgraded Dean Foods to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, May 26th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Dean Foods from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $21.00 target price on the stock in a report on Thursday, May 12th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $21.00 target price on shares of Dean Foods in a report on Monday, May 23rd. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co. reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Dean Foods in a report on Thursday, March 24th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $20.62.

The firm has a 50-day moving average of $18.10 and a 200 day moving average of $18.30. The stock has a market cap of $1.74 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.8888.

Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, May 10th. The company reported $0.45 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.38 by $0.07. The firm had revenue of $1.88 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.89 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.24 EPS. Dean Foods’s revenue for the quarter was down 8.4% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts predict that Dean Foods Co. will post $1.56 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, Director J Wayne Mailloux sold 3,924 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $19.66, for a total transaction of $77,145.84. Following the sale, the director now owns 105,230 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,068,821.80. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

Several hedge funds and institutional investors recently bought and sold shares of DF. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC boosted its position in Dean Foods by 0.5% in the fourth quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 62,988 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,080,000 after buying an additional 337 shares in the last quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System boosted its position in Dean Foods by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 174,850 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,999,000 after buying an additional 2,819 shares in the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers boosted its position in Dean Foods by 2.4% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 188,318 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,230,000 after buying an additional 4,420 shares in the last quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. boosted its position in Dean Foods by 3.0% in the fourth quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. now owns 208,631 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,578,000 after buying an additional 6,131 shares in the last quarter. Finally, GSA Capital Partners LLP boosted its position in Dean Foods by 5.4% in the fourth quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 171,705 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,945,000 after buying an additional 8,734 shares in the last quarter.

Dean Foods Company is a food and beverage company. The Company processes and distributes fluid milk and other dairy case products in the United States. The Company operates through manufacturing, marketing, selling and distributing a wide variety of branded and private label dairy case product segment.

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