Shares of SuperValu Inc. (NYSE:SVU) traded down 4.2% on Tuesday . The company traded as low as $4.55 and last traded at $4.61, with a volume of 3,320,915 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $4.81.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $5.00 price objective on shares of SuperValu in a research report on Tuesday, July 26th. Zacks Investment Research raised SuperValu from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 26th. Morgan Stanley reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $5.50 price objective on shares of SuperValu in a research report on Friday, June 10th. Telsey Advisory Group lowered their price objective on SuperValu from $6.00 to $5.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, July 28th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “sector perform” rating and issued a $7.00 price objective on shares of SuperValu in a research report on Thursday, July 28th. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $6.16.

The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $4.87 and a 200 day moving average price of $4.94. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.21 billion and a P/E ratio of 7.65.

SuperValu (NYSE:SVU) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $0.19 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.22 by $0.03. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.23 earnings per share. The firm earned $5.20 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.30 billion. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 3.9% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts forecast that SuperValu Inc. will post $0.67 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several hedge funds recently bought and sold shares of the company. Wells Fargo & Company MN raised its stake in SuperValu by 151.3% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 2,726,218 shares of the company’s stock worth $18,484,000 after buying an additional 1,641,341 shares in the last quarter. Trexquant Investment LP bought a new stake in SuperValu during the fourth quarter worth $1,479,000. Airain ltd raised its stake in SuperValu by 103.2% in the fourth quarter. Airain ltd now owns 210,434 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,427,000 after buying an additional 106,882 shares in the last quarter. Royce & Associates LLC raised its stake in SuperValu by 4.3% in the fourth quarter. Royce & Associates LLC now owns 1,616,093 shares of the company’s stock worth $10,957,000 after buying an additional 67,000 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc. raised its stake in SuperValu by 43.5% in the fourth quarter. Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc. now owns 161,950 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,098,000 after buying an additional 49,125 shares in the last quarter.

SUPERVALU INC. is a wholesale distributor to independent retail customers across the United States. The Company operates through three segments: Wholesale, Save-A-Lot and Retail. The Wholesale segment spans approximately 40 states and serves as a primary grocery supplier to approximately 1,800 stores of independent retail customers, in addition to its own Retail stores, as well as serving as a secondary grocery supplier to approximately 230 stores of independent retail customers.

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