Zacks Investment Research Upgrades Whole Foods Market, Inc. (WFM) to Hold


Taking into account the strategic initiatives, management expects to deliver positive comps and register earnings growth by fiscal 2018.

WFM has a mean analyst rating of 3.00.

05/11/2017 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. was upgraded to "outperform" by analysts at Wells Fargo.

During the 52-week trading session the minimum price at which share price traded, registered at $65.97 and reached to max level of $96.88. Pivotal Research has "Sell" rating and $29 target. "Whole Foods was losing market share to Kroger", said Brittain Ladd, who until earlier this year was a senior manager working to roll out AmazonFresh globally. The stock of Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE) has "Buy" rating given on Wednesday, November 30 by Goldman Sachs. The stock has seen a price of $43.51 according to a recent bid.

Trading for shares of Whole Foods Market Inc (NDAQ:WFM) should be followed closely this week, as Barclays Capital raised shares to a "Overweight" from a "Equal Weight".

Amazon agreed to pay $42 per share in cash for Whole Foods, a 27% premium on the Austin, Texas-based grocer's closing share price on Thursday.

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05/16/2017 - Loop Capital began new coverage on Whole Foods Market, Inc. giving the company a "hold" rating.

It is trading at $43.07 a tad above the 50 day moving average which is $35.95 and which is marginally over the 200 day moving average of $32.29. (WFM). Average true range (ATR-14) of the company is at 1.45. The company reported $0.37 EPS for the quarter, hitting the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.37. Whole Foods Market had a net margin of 2.54% and a return on equity of 13.72%.

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