Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board acquired a new stake in shares of USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE:USNA) in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor acquired 3,228 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $271,000.

Several other large investors have also made changes to their positions in USNA. BlackRock Inc. grew its position in shares of USANA Health Sciences by 22.4% during the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 1,334,272 shares of the company’s stock worth $111,905,000 after buying an additional 244,625 shares during the period. MERIAN GLOBAL INVESTORS UK Ltd grew its position in shares of USANA Health Sciences by 54.1% during the 1st quarter. MERIAN GLOBAL INVESTORS UK Ltd now owns 363,410 shares of the company’s stock worth $30,479,000 after buying an additional 127,543 shares during the period. Norges Bank acquired a new stake in shares of USANA Health Sciences during the 4th quarter worth approximately $35,531,000. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. grew its position in shares of USANA Health Sciences by 3.4% during the 1st quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. now owns 246,416 shares of the company’s stock worth $20,665,000 after buying an additional 8,205 shares during the period. Finally, Geode Capital Management LLC grew its position in shares of USANA Health Sciences by 6.7% during the 4th quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 199,021 shares of the company’s stock worth $23,430,000 after buying an additional 12,445 shares during the period. 59.77% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

USANA Health Sciences stock traded down $1.53 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $73.94. 2,576 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 209,630. USANA Health Sciences, Inc. has a 52 week low of $69.58 and a 52 week high of $137.95. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.78 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.45 and a beta of 0.46.

USANA Health Sciences (NYSE:USNA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, April 30th. The company reported $1.01 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.99 by $0.02. USANA Health Sciences had a net margin of 10.38% and a return on equity of 29.51%. The business had revenue of $272.90 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $272.20 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.19 EPS. USANA Health Sciences’s quarterly revenue was down 6.5% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, research analysts anticipate that USANA Health Sciences, Inc. will post 5.18 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several equities research analysts have recently commented on USNA shares. Tigress Financial started coverage on shares of USANA Health Sciences in a research report on Tuesday, April 16th. They set a “buy” rating for the company. ValuEngine lowered shares of USANA Health Sciences from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 22nd. Finally, Pivotal Research reissued a “buy” rating and set a $105.00 price objective on shares of USANA Health Sciences in a research note on Wednesday, May 1st.

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USANA Health Sciences Company Profile

USANA Health Sciences, Inc develops, manufactures, and sells science-based nutritional and personal care products primarily to reduce the risk of chronic degenerative disease. The company offers USANA nutritional products that comprise essentials/CellSentials, such as vitamin and mineral supplements that provide a foundation of total body nutrition for various age groups; optimizers comprising targeted supplements that are designed to meet cardiovascular, skeletal/structural, and digestive health needs; and foods that include low-glycemic meal replacement shakes, snack bars, and other related products, which provide macro-nutrition.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for USANA Health Sciences (NYSE:USNA)

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