Vitamin Shoppe Inc. (NYSE:VSI)’s share price shot up 3% during mid-day trading on Wednesday . The stock traded as high as $28.25 and last traded at $27.79, with a volume of 312,157 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $26.97.

Several research firms have recently issued reports on VSI. Macquarie reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $40.00 target price on shares of Vitamin Shoppe in a report on Thursday, May 5th. Jefferies Group reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $32.00 target price (up from $30.00) on shares of Vitamin Shoppe in a report on Friday, May 6th. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Vitamin Shoppe in a report on Monday, May 16th. Sterne Agee CRT reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Vitamin Shoppe in a report on Monday, May 16th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Vitamin Shoppe from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $32.00 target price for the company in a report on Friday, May 6th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $32.82.

The company has a market capitalization of $648.80 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.12. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $28.65 and a 200-day moving average price of $29.55.

Vitamin Shoppe (NYSE:VSI) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 3rd. The company reported $0.55 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.59 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $332.70 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $331.58 million. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 3.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.57 EPS. On average, analysts expect that Vitamin Shoppe Inc. will post $2.17 earnings per share for the current year.

A hedge fund recently bought a new stake in Vitamin Shoppe stock. Employees Retirement System of Texas acquired a new position in shares of Vitamin Shoppe Inc. (NYSE:VSI) during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor acquired 39,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,275,000. Employees Retirement System of Texas owned about 0.14% of Vitamin Shoppe at the end of the most recent quarter.

Vitamin Shoppe, Inc (VSI) is a multi-channel specialty retailer and contract manufacturer of vitamins, minerals, herbs, specialty supplements, sports nutrition, and other health and wellness products. The Company operates through three segments: retail, which includes Vitamin Shoppe, Super Supplements and Vitapath retail store formats; direct, which sells its products directly to consumers through the Internet, primarily at www.vitaminshoppe.com, and manufacturing, which provides custom manufacturing and private labeling of vitamin, mineral and supplement (VMS) products.

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