The Bear Case for The Kroger Co. (KR)

The Bear Case for The Kroger Co. (KR)”

Finally, Wells Fargo & Company restated a "buy" rating and set a $28.00 price target (down from $35.00) on shares of Kroger Company (The) in a research note on Monday, June 12th. They presently have a $24.00 price objective on the stock. Company has a valuation of $19.27 B, a price to earnings ratio of 12.93 along with a stock beta of 0.79. The 50 day moving average went down by -8.91% whereas the 200 day average was down by -21.72%. Trading volume was up 706.29% over the stocks average daily volume. The stock has "Buy" rating by RBC Capital Markets on Monday, May 15. This is an increase of 187% compared to the typical volume of 5,552 call options.

Kroger, which released its second-quarter earnings Friday, declined to discuss the restaurant. But net income fell to $353 million from $383 million, or 40 cents per share a year ago.

Case in point: Costco, a warehouse club chain, rang up $670 million in sales a year ago at its 455 in-store restaurants which mostly serve hot dogs and pizza, according to Nation's Restaurant News, a trade publication. The business had revenue of $27.60 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $27.48 billion.

Additionally the company announced a dividend paid on Friday the 1st of September 2017. "Foundation Commits $100000 to the Houston Food Bank during ..." on August 28, 2017. 62,444,244 shares of the company were exchanged. The dividend yield was $2.22. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Kroger Company (The) from a "sell" rating to a "hold" rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 9th. It is positive, as 76 investors sold Kroger Co shares while 273 reduced holdings.

Kroger Company (The) declared that its Board of Directors has approved a stock repurchase plan on Thursday, June 22nd that permits the company to buyback $1.00 billion in outstanding shares.

The company maintained its earnings forecast of $2 to $2.05 per share. The shares were purchased at an average price of $22.73 per share, with a total value of $45,460.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. 6,200 shares were sold by PHILLIPS SUSAN M, worth $131,235 on Friday, June 16.

"We expect the pricing environment to remain very competitive in 2017 as value discounters like Aldi expand, players like Lidl enter the market, Wal-Mart flexes its pricing muscle and Amazon continues to lower pricing at Whole Foods", he said. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 124,105 shares in the company, valued at $2,627,302.85. Mutual Of Omaha Commercial Bank Wealth invested in 27,950 shares or 0.34% of the stock.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently modified their holdings of KR.

"We appreciate how hard it is for a company of Kroger's scale to engineer even a modest rise in same-store numbers", GlobalData Retail Managing Director Neil Saunders wrote in a note to clients.

KR is now undervalued by -12.73% relative to the average 1-year price target of $26.09 taken from a group of Wall Street Analysts. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its position in Kroger Company (The) by 15.3% during the 1st quarter. Advantage Investment Management has an ownership of 3,682 stocks of the firms shares valued $109,000 following purchasing an extra 502 stocks in the previous period. As of quarter end Koshinski Asset Management, Inc. had bought 8,803 shares growing its stake by 10.9%. Finally, Janus Henderson Group PLC boosted its stake in shares of Kroger Company (The) by 6,611.2% in the second quarter. Signature Estate & Investment Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Kroger Company (The) during the 1st quarter worth $102,000.

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