Dean Foods (DF) Getting Neutral Media Coverage, Analysis Finds

Media stories about Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) have been trending neutral this week, according to InfoTrie Sentiment. InfoTrie scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than six thousand news and blog sources. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Dean Foods earned a news impact score of 0.17 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news coverage about the company an news buzz score of 4 out of 10, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Dean Foods’ score:

A number of research firms have recently weighed in on DF. Credit Suisse Group set a $4.00 target price on shares of Dean Foods and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday. Jefferies Financial Group lowered shares of Dean Foods from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and dropped their target price for the stock from $13.00 to $6.00 in a report on Thursday. Deutsche Bank set a $5.00 target price on shares of Dean Foods and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday. ValuEngine lowered shares of Dean Foods from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Wednesday. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Dean Foods from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 16th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and eight have given a hold rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $7.56.

Dean Foods stock opened at $5.97 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.04, a current ratio of 1.47 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.39. The stock has a market cap of $703.58 million, a PE ratio of 7.46, a PEG ratio of 1.54 and a beta of 0.02. Dean Foods has a 1-year low of $5.62 and a 1-year high of $12.09.

Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, November 7th. The company reported ($0.28) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.06) by ($0.22). The firm had revenue of $1.89 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.85 billion. Dean Foods had a return on equity of 10.88% and a net margin of 0.17%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.20 earnings per share. Sell-side analysts predict that Dean Foods will post 0.38 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 4th. Investors of record on Monday, November 19th will be paid a $0.03 dividend. This represents a $0.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.01%. Dean Foods’s payout ratio is currently 45.00%.

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About Dean Foods

Dean Foods Company, a food and beverage company, processes and distributes milk, and other dairy and dairy case products in the United States. The company manufactures, markets, and distributes various branded and private label dairy, and diary case products, such as fluid milk, ice creams, cultured dairy products, creamers, ice cream mixes, and other dairy products; and juices, teas, bottled water, and other products.

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