Post (POST) Raised to Buy at Vertical Group

Vertical Group upgraded shares of Post (NYSE:POST) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday, The Fly reports.

Several other research analysts have also recently weighed in on POST. Pivotal Research restated a buy rating and issued a $105.00 price objective on shares of Post in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Post from a strong sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, January 25th. BidaskClub cut shares of Post from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. Citigroup set a $110.00 price objective on shares of Post and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Monday, November 20th. Finally, SunTrust Banks set a $105.00 price objective on shares of Post and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Thursday, November 16th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the stock. Post presently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $100.13.

Post (NYSE:POST) opened at $72.94 on Monday. The company has a quick ratio of 3.27, a current ratio of 4.05 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.47. Post has a 1-year low of $72.19 and a 1-year high of $89.04. The company has a market capitalization of $4,831.00, a P/E ratio of 25.06, a PEG ratio of 1.68 and a beta of -0.05.

Post (NYSE:POST) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 1st. The company reported $0.88 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.92 by ($0.04). Post had a return on equity of 7.90% and a net margin of 4.54%. The company had revenue of $1.43 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.42 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.62 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 14.7% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts anticipate that Post will post 4.38 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other Post news, CFO Jeff A. Zadoks bought 1,353 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, February 6th. The stock was bought at an average price of $73.30 per share, for a total transaction of $99,174.90. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 7,668 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $562,064.40. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director David W. Kemper bought 2,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 30th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $79.86 per share, with a total value of $199,650.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 6,700 shares in the company, valued at approximately $535,062. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders have acquired a total of 6,573 shares of company stock valued at $499,343 in the last quarter. Corporate insiders own 7.40% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Signature Estate & Investment Advisors LLC raised its position in shares of Post by 10.5% during the 4th quarter. Signature Estate & Investment Advisors LLC now owns 8,057 shares of the company’s stock valued at $638,000 after acquiring an additional 763 shares during the last quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. raised its position in shares of Post by 2.2% during the 2nd quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. now owns 38,813 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,014,000 after acquiring an additional 849 shares during the last quarter. SeaBridge Investment Advisors LLC raised its position in shares of Post by 7.0% during the 3rd quarter. SeaBridge Investment Advisors LLC now owns 13,285 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,173,000 after acquiring an additional 867 shares during the last quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. raised its position in shares of Post by 4.6% during the 2nd quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. now owns 19,830 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,540,000 after acquiring an additional 881 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Janus Henderson Group PLC raised its position in shares of Post by 33.3% during the 3rd quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 3,600 shares of the company’s stock valued at $318,000 after acquiring an additional 900 shares during the last quarter.

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Post Company Profile

Post Holdings, Inc is a consumer packaged goods holding company. The Company operates through four segments, namely, Post Consumer Brands, Michael Foods Group, Active Nutrition and Private Brands. The Company’s Post Consumer Brands segment includes the Post Foods branded ready-to-eat cereal operations and the business of MOM Brands.

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