Thrivent Financial For Lutherans increased its stake in shares of Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:WFM) by 55.5% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 271,280 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 96,824 shares during the quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans owned 0.08% of Whole Foods Market worth $11,423,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other institutional investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. AT Bancorp bought a new position in Whole Foods Market in the 2nd quarter valued at $118,000. Westside Investment Management Inc. grew its stake in Whole Foods Market by 406.4% in the 1st quarter. Westside Investment Management Inc. now owns 4,137 shares of the company’s stock valued at $125,000 after purchasing an additional 3,320 shares during the period. Winslow Evans & Crocker Inc. grew its stake in Whole Foods Market by 169.1% in the 2nd quarter. Winslow Evans & Crocker Inc. now owns 3,428 shares of the company’s stock valued at $132,000 after purchasing an additional 2,154 shares during the period. Pacer Advisors Inc. grew its stake in Whole Foods Market by 3.4% in the 1st quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 6,212 shares of the company’s stock valued at $185,000 after purchasing an additional 207 shares during the period. Finally, Baldwin Brothers Inc. MA bought a new position in Whole Foods Market in the 2nd quarter valued at $190,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 79.18% of the company’s stock.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ WFM) opened at 41.99 on Friday. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $41.82 and its 200 day moving average price is $36.34. Whole Foods Market, Inc. has a 52-week low of $27.67 and a 52-week high of $43.84.

Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFM) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The company reported $0.36 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.33 by $0.03. Whole Foods Market had a return on equity of 13.51% and a net margin of 2.85%. The company had revenue of $3.73 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.72 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.37 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up .6% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts forecast that Whole Foods Market, Inc. will post $1.33 EPS for the current year.

A number of brokerages have issued reports on WFM. Vetr upgraded Whole Foods Market from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $42.27 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, June 19th. BidaskClub raised Whole Foods Market from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 13th. Tigress Financial cut Whole Foods Market from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday, August 7th. Citigroup Inc. upped their price target on Whole Foods Market from $33.00 to $36.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 31st. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company cut Whole Foods Market from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and dropped their price target for the company from $45.00 to $42.00 in a research report on Tuesday, July 11th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $37.76.

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Whole Foods Market Profile

Whole Foods Market, Inc is engaged in the business of natural and organic foods supermarket. The Company operates approximately 456 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Its stores have an average size of approximately 39,000 square feet, and are supported by its distribution centers, bake house facilities, commissary kitchens, seafood-processing facilities, a produce procurement center, and a specialty coffee and tea procurement and roasting operation, among others.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFM)

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