Dean Foods Co. (NYSE:DF) traded down 3.1% during trading on Monday . The company traded as low as $17.19 and last traded at $18.23, with a volume of 3,647,746 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $18.82.

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

The stock has a market cap of $1.67 billion and a PE ratio of 16.14. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $18.26 and its 200 day moving average is $18.39.

Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) last announced its earnings results on Monday, August 8th. The company reported $0.38 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.38. The firm earned $1.85 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.84 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.33 EPS. The firm’s revenue was down 8.2% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts predict that Dean Foods Co. will post $1.59 EPS for the current year.

In other news, Director J Wayne Mailloux sold 3,924 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred 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 completion of the transaction, the director now owns 105,230 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,068,821.80. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

Several hedge funds and institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. 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 in the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased its stake 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. WBI Investments Inc. bought a new stake in Dean Foods during the fourth quarter valued at $6,164,000. Systematic Financial Management LP increased its stake in 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, Victory Capital Management Inc. bought a new stake in Dean Foods during the fourth quarter valued at $20,722,000.

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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