Dean Foods Co. (NYSE:DF) traded down 2.2% during mid-day trading on Tuesday . The company traded as low as $18.15 and last traded at $18.16, with a volume of 426,278 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $18.56.

A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on the company. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $23.00 target price on shares of Dean Foods in a research note on Wednesday, July 20th. TheStreet raised Dean Foods to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 26th. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and set a $21.00 price target on shares of Dean Foods in a research note on Monday, May 23rd. Sanford C. Bernstein reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Dean Foods in a research note on Thursday, May 12th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Dean Foods from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $21.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Thursday, May 12th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $20.62.

The stock has a market capitalization of $1.66 billion and a P/E ratio of 16.08. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $18.11 and its 200-day moving average price is $18.37.

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. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.24 EPS. The business had revenue of $1.88 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.89 billion. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 8.4% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts predict that Dean Foods Co. will post $1.56 earnings per share for the current year.

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

Several institutional investors recently modified their holdings of the stock. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its position in shares of Dean Foods by 2.4% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 3,682,328 shares of the company’s stock valued at $63,153,000 after buying an additional 84,561 shares during the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA raised its position in shares of 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. WBI Investments Inc. bought a new position in shares of Dean Foods during the fourth quarter valued at $6,164,000. Systematic Financial Management LP raised its position in shares of Dean Foods by 58.3% in the fourth quarter. Systematic Financial Management LP now owns 206,835 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,547,000 after buying an additional 76,210 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. raised its position in shares of 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.

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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