Earnings Clues on The Kroger Co. (KR), Fitbit, Inc. (FIT) Analyst's Predictions

With Shares Trading down at $22.34 (KR) Kroger Announces Retirement of Jayne…

With Shares Trading down at $22.34 (KR) Kroger Announces Retirement of Jayne…

Among 33 analysts covering Kroger (NYSE:KR), 13 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 19 Hold. 17,600 Kroger Co (NYSE:KR) shares with value of $528,176 were sold by DONNELLY MICHAEL JOSEPH.

Kroger Co (KR) formed double bottom with $21.42 target or 5.00% below today's $22.55 share price. The stock has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $29.91. The company has a 50-day moving average of $23.19 and a 200-day moving average of $27.01. Trading volume was up 706.29% over the stocks average daily volume.

Hedge fund investors and institutional investors have purchased and unloaded stocks of the company. This is an increase of 607% compared to the average volume of 4,485 put options. As of the last earnings report the EPS was $1.66 and is estimated to be $1.98 for the current year with 897,346,000 shares now outstanding. The company reported $0.39 EPS for the quarter, meeting analysts' consensus estimates of $0.39.

As for guidance, Kroger confirms 2017 net earnings guidance for 53 weeks of $1.74-$1.79 per diluted share. The Kroger Co. (KR) maintained activity of 14.94 million shares that trade hands on average basis while its relative volume is 0.96.

Kroger has the advantage of scale and revenue rose 3.8 percent to $27.6 billion, edging out Wall Street expectations, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 1st. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, August 11th. Loop Capital restated a hold rating and set a $32.00 price objective on shares of Kroger Company (The) in a research note on Wednesday, May 24th.

Kroger Company (The) now has a P/E ratio of 12.68 and the market cap is 18.90B. It is positive, as 76 investors sold Kroger Co shares while 273 reduced holdings. This buyback authorization permits the company to reacquire up to 4.9% of its stock through open market purchases. The shares were sold at an average price of $21.17, for a total value of $131,254.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Susan M. Phillips sold 6,200 shares of Kroger Company (The) stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 16th. A lower P/B ratio could mean that the stock is undervalued. After this sale, 231,608 common shares of KR are directly owned by the insider, with total stake valued at $5,192,651. The disclosure for this bought can be found here. The stock declined 0.38% or $0.65 reaching $171.44 on the news.

Several other equities analysts have also recently weighed in on KR. BlackRock Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Kroger Company (The) by 3,334.2% in the first quarter.

Sales were US$27.6bn, up from US$26.6bn a year ago and ahead of the consensus of US$27.5bn. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its position in Kroger Company (The) by 15.3% during the 1st quarter. FMR LLC now owns 41,963,267 shares of the company's stock valued at $1,237,497,000 after purchasing an additional 14,723,540 shares during the period. Finally, LSV Asset Management lifted its position in Kroger Company (The) by 0.7% during the 1st quarter. Jefferies Grp Lc holds 0.01% in Kroger Co (NYSE:KR) or 60,034 shares. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 124,105 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $2,627,302.85. Finally, Cedar Wealth Management LLC raised its position in Kroger Company (The) by 155.9% in the second quarter.

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