Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM) Given Daily Media Sentiment Rating of 0.20

News coverage about Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ:SFM) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Sprouts Farmers Market earned a news sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the company an impact score of 45.5664004866361 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ:SFM) opened at $24.29 on Friday. Sprouts Farmers Market has a fifty-two week low of $17.38 and a fifty-two week high of $25.98. The company has a current ratio of 1.00, a quick ratio of 0.23 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.77. The company has a market capitalization of $3,230.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.04, a PEG ratio of 1.96 and a beta of 0.67.

Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ:SFM) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The company reported $0.23 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.18 by $0.05. Sprouts Farmers Market had a return on equity of 21.00% and a net margin of 3.01%. The business had revenue of $1.21 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.18 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.16 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 16.4% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts expect that Sprouts Farmers Market will post 0.99 earnings per share for the current year.

SFM has been the topic of several recent research reports. BidaskClub raised shares of Sprouts Farmers Market from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Friday, December 22nd. TheStreet raised shares of Sprouts Farmers Market from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Monday, December 4th. Goldman Sachs Group reaffirmed a “sell” rating and set a $18.00 target price on shares of Sprouts Farmers Market in a research note on Tuesday, November 14th. Wolfe Research raised shares of Sprouts Farmers Market to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. Finally, Northcoast Research raised shares of Sprouts Farmers Market from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, November 20th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating, thirteen have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $24.28.

In other news, COO James Leroy Nielsen sold 110,000 shares of Sprouts Farmers Market stock in a transaction on Friday, December 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $23.17, for a total transaction of $2,548,700.00. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now owns 207,108 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,798,692.36. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Shon A. Boney sold 848,409 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, January 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $24.72, for a total transaction of $20,972,670.48. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 478,965 shares in the company, valued at $11,840,014.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 1,007,377 shares of company stock worth $24,698,095. Insiders own 2.60% of the company’s stock.

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Sprouts Farmers Market Company Profile

Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc is a food retailer. The Company operates as a grocery store that offers fresh, natural and organic food that includes fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, deli, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, body care and natural household items catering to consumers’ interest in health and wellness.

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