Aperio Group LLC Raises Position in United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI)

Aperio Group LLC increased its holdings in United Natural Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:UNFI) by 65.2% during the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 67,488 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 26,637 shares during the quarter. Aperio Group LLC’s holdings in United Natural Foods were worth $3,325,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other large investors have also modified their holdings of the company. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans grew its stake in shares of United Natural Foods by 4.3% during the 2nd quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 10,010 shares of the company’s stock worth $367,000 after purchasing an additional 410 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its stake in shares of United Natural Foods by 0.6% during the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 4,289,244 shares of the company’s stock worth $157,415,000 after purchasing an additional 24,028 shares during the period. California Public Employees Retirement System grew its stake in shares of United Natural Foods by 6.6% during the 2nd quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 65,900 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,419,000 after purchasing an additional 4,100 shares during the period. Janus Henderson Group PLC acquired a new stake in shares of United Natural Foods during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $299,000. Finally, State Street Corp grew its stake in shares of United Natural Foods by 4.2% during the 2nd quarter. State Street Corp now owns 1,666,585 shares of the company’s stock worth $61,167,000 after purchasing an additional 66,868 shares during the period.

United Natural Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:UNFI) opened at $45.27 on Friday. United Natural Foods, Inc. has a 52-week low of $29.53 and a 52-week high of $52.69. The stock has a market capitalization of $2,240.00, a P/E ratio of 17.55, a PEG ratio of 2.64 and a beta of 1.41. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.25, a quick ratio of 0.82 and a current ratio of 2.25.

United Natural Foods (NASDAQ:UNFI) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, December 7th. The company reported $0.60 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.60. United Natural Foods had a return on equity of 8.04% and a net margin of 1.39%. The firm had revenue of $2.46 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.39 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.58 EPS. analysts expect that United Natural Foods, Inc. will post 2.82 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on UNFI shares. Loop Capital set a $56.00 price objective on shares of United Natural Foods and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, December 8th. Goldman Sachs Group reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a $41.00 price objective on shares of United Natural Foods in a research note on Tuesday, November 14th. BMO Capital Markets set a $54.00 price objective on shares of United Natural Foods and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, December 9th. TheStreet cut shares of United Natural Foods from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Friday, October 27th. Finally, Northcoast Research raised shares of United Natural Foods from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, January 8th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $44.83.

In other United Natural Foods news, CEO Steven Spinner sold 49,026 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, January 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $49.49, for a total value of $2,426,296.74. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 102,637 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,079,505.13. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, COO Sean Griffin sold 12,351 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, January 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.41, for a total value of $610,262.91. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 103,191 shares of company stock worth $5,140,875 in the last quarter. Insiders own 1.40% of the company’s stock.

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United Natural Foods Company Profile

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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