Shares of Dean Foods Co. (NYSE:DF) fell 1.4% during trading on Wednesday . The company traded as low as $18.02 and last traded at $18.15, with a volume of 1,536,881 shares. The stock had previously closed at $18.41.

DF has been the topic of a number of research reports. TheStreet upgraded Dean Foods to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 26th. Sanford C. Bernstein restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $25.00 price target on shares of Dean Foods in a research note on Wednesday, March 23rd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Dean Foods from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 26th. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating and issued a $23.00 price target on shares of Dean Foods in a research note on Wednesday, March 23rd. Finally, Stephens restated a “buy” rating on shares of Dean Foods in a research note on Wednesday, March 23rd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company. Dean Foods presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $20.62.

The stock has a 50 day moving average of $18.14 and a 200 day moving average of $18.33. The stock has a market cap of $1.66 billion and a PE ratio of 16.12.

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

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

Other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc. increased its position in Dean Foods by 51.7% in the fourth quarter. Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc. now owns 60,854 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,043,000 after buying an additional 20,730 shares during the last quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC increased 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 during the last quarter. Winton Capital Group Ltd purchased a new position in Dean Foods during the fourth quarter valued at about $1,390,000. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. increased its position in Dean Foods by 10.2% in the fourth quarter. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. now owns 117,480 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,015,000 after buying an additional 10,900 shares during the last quarter. Finally, BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased its position in Dean Foods by 138.3% in the fourth quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 129,621 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,223,000 after buying an additional 75,233 shares during 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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