Kroger Co (NYSE:KR) Shares Sold by SG Americas Securities LLC

Kroger Co (NYSE:KR) Shares Sold by SG Americas Securities LLC

At the end of 09/30/2017 reporting period, 348 institutional holders increased their position in The Kroger Co.

Other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in the company. NN Investment Partners Holdings N.V. now owns 44,222 shares of the company's stock worth $1,031,000 after acquiring an additional 12,719 shares during the last quarter. Howe & Rusling Inc. purchased a new stake in Kroger during the 3rd quarter worth about $103,000. The Kroger Co. disclosed in a document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that Executive Vice President Schlotman J Michael has acquired 2,000 shares of The Kroger Co. Physicians Financial Services Inc. increased its stake in shares of Kroger by 121.7% in the third quarter. The institutional investor owned 27,507 shares of the company's stock after purchasing an additional 13,687 shares during the period. Finally, Janus Henderson Group PLC increased its position in shares of Kroger by 6,611.2% during the second quarter. CWM LLC now owns 5,213 shares of the company's stock worth $122,000 after acquiring an additional 4,800 shares during the last quarter.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on the company. Jefferies Group restated a "hold" rating on shares of Kroger in a research note on Friday, August 25th. Oppenheimer reiterated a "hold" rating and issued a $22.00 price objective on shares of Kroger in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Kroger presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $29.06. Nineteen investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, nine have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. Analysts have a mean recommendation of 2.50 on this stock (A rating of less than 2 means buy, "hold" within the 3 range, "sell" within the 4 range, and "strong sell" within the 5 range).

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KR stock was up 9% as of Thursday afternoon, but is down 26% year-to-date. The biggest holder now is W. Rodney Mcmullen who owns 2,564,502 shares (0.29% of those outstanding), whilst Joseph A. Pichler holds 1,132,813 (0.13% of shares outstanding) and David B. Dillon holds 923,853 (0.10% of shares outstanding). Kroger has a one year low of $19.69 and a one year high of $36.44. The firm has a market capitalization of $20,957.14, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.34, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.95 and a beta of 0.82.

Kroger Co (NYSE:KR) stock was on the rise Thursday on an optimistic outlook for the holidays. According to the Wall Street Journal, "analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had expected earnings per share of 40 cents". Kroger had a return on equity of 31.48% and a net margin of 1.77%. While in the same Quarter Previous year, the Actual EPS was $0.41. Based on its earnings per share of $1.41 for the first three quarter of 2017, this means it expects fourth quarter earnings per share to range from 59 cents to 64 cents for the quarter.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 1st.

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