American Century Companies Inc. bought a new stake in United Natural Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:UNFI) in the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund bought 14,456 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $531,000.

A number of other institutional investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc. grew its holdings in United Natural Foods by 0.5% in the first quarter. Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc. now owns 22,788 shares of the company’s stock valued at $985,000 after purchasing an additional 107 shares during the period. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund grew its holdings in United Natural Foods by 1.1% in the first quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 17,605 shares of the company’s stock valued at $761,000 after purchasing an additional 200 shares during the period. Advantus Capital Management Inc grew its holdings in United Natural Foods by 3.2% in the first quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc now owns 6,476 shares of the company’s stock valued at $280,000 after purchasing an additional 200 shares during the period. State Treasurer State of Michigan grew its holdings in United Natural Foods by 1.5% in the second quarter. State Treasurer State of Michigan now owns 20,900 shares of the company’s stock valued at $767,000 after purchasing an additional 300 shares during the period. Finally, Arizona State Retirement System grew its holdings in United Natural Foods by 1.4% in the second quarter. Arizona State Retirement System now owns 21,300 shares of the company’s stock valued at $782,000 after purchasing an additional 300 shares during the period.

A number of research firms recently issued reports on UNFI. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. restated a “hold” rating on shares of United Natural Foods in a report on Monday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of United Natural Foods from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, September 15th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “market perform” rating and issued a $40.00 target price (up from $38.00) on shares of United Natural Foods in a report on Thursday, September 14th. Buckingham Research lowered their target price on shares of United Natural Foods from $53.00 to $51.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, September 14th. Finally, Bank of America Corporation restated an “underperform” rating and issued a $36.00 target price (up from $35.00) on shares of United Natural Foods in a report on Thursday, September 14th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $42.56.

United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) opened at 40.58 on Wednesday. United Natural Foods, Inc. has a 52-week low of $29.53 and a 52-week high of $49.74. The firm has a market capitalization of $2.05 billion, a PE ratio of 16.30 and a beta of 1.39. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $36.25 and its 200-day moving average is $39.08.

United Natural Foods (NASDAQ:UNFI) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, September 13th. The company reported $0.72 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.70 by $0.02. United Natural Foods had a return on equity of 8.10% and a net margin of 1.40%. The company had revenue of $2.34 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.36 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.70 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.7% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts expect that United Natural Foods, Inc. will post $2.69 earnings per share for the current year.

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About United Natural Foods

United Natural Foods, Inc is a distributor and retailer of natural, organic and specialty products. The Company’s segments include Wholesale and Other. The Wholesale segment is engaged in the national distribution of natural, organic and specialty foods, produce and related products in the United States and Canada.

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