Kroger Co (KR) Receives Consensus Rating of "Hold" from Brokerages

Coho Partners LTD Increased Position in The Kroger Co. (KR) as Stock Declined; Smithbridge Asset Management Raised Its Holding in Metlife Com (MET) by $351,900 as Shares Declined

Coho Partners LTD Increased Position in The Kroger Co. (KR) as Stock Declined; Smithbridge Asset Management Raised Its Holding in Metlife Com (MET) by $351,900 as Shares Declined

This represents a $0.50 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.17%. Artisan Partners Limited Partnership bought a new stake in Kroger in the third quarter worth $119,454,000. 688.12 million shares or 3.98% more from 661.79 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Sterling Capital Lc has 0.25% invested in The Kroger Co.

A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on KR shares.

Smithbridge Asset Management Inc increased its stake in Metlife Inc Com (MET) by 30.03% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Country Fincl Bank stated it has 0.94% in The Kroger Co.

The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) yearly performance is -8.96% and net profit margin is 1.30%. (NYSE:KR) for 5,500 shares. Voloridge Investment Ltd Liability holds 1.22% or 2.73 million shares. Oregon Employees Retirement Fund, Oregon-based fund reported 356,426 shares.

Several other institutional investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Beach Invest Counsel Pa holds 0.15% of its portfolio in MetLife, Inc. Country Tru National Bank invested 0.94% of its portfolio in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) for 1.69M shares. 4,584 were accumulated by Markston Intl Ltd. Kempner Mngmt invested in 81,482 shares or 1.08% of the stock. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.11, a current ratio of 0.85 and a quick ratio of 0.31. Foley Todd A also sold $471,200 worth of The Kroger Co. The stock of The Kroger Co. Alliancebernstein L.P. boosted its stake in shares of Kroger by 70.1% in the fourth quarter. The fund owned 26,066 shares of the company's stock after selling 22,275 shares during the quarter. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 243,784 shares of the company's stock, valued at $6,582,168. The stock decreased 2.32% or $0.65 during the last trading session, reaching $27.36. The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) has declined 16.08% since March 9, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 32.78% the S&P500.The move comes after 8 months negative chart setup for the $23.63B company. Point View Wealth Management Inc. raised its stake in Kroger by 38.1% during the 3rd quarter. It also increased its holding in Murphy Usa Inc (NYSE:MUSA) by 50,740 shares in the quarter, for a total of 263,496 shares, and has risen its stake in Imax Corp (NYSE:IMAX).

The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States. (NYSE:KR) rating on Monday, September 14. Total sales, excluding fuel and the 53rd week, increased 2.7% in the fourth quarter over the same period of past year. KR's profit will be $546.45M for 10.81 P/E if the $0.62 EPS becomes a reality. The fiscal fourth-quarter of a year ago reportedly had EPS of $0.53 and $27.61 billion in revenue.

A logo of Kroger is displayed on a monitor above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York, U.S., December 5, 2017. (NYSE:KR) were released by: Bloomberg.com and their article: "Boxed Rejects Kroger's $400 Million Purchase Offer" published on March 08, 2018 as well as Seekingalpha.com's news article titled: "Anxiety builds over Kroger earnings" with publication date: March 07, 2018. It engages in developing JobLocationMap.com, a social networking Website that provides job seekers and employers with a platform to share their valid address and contact information to be shown as a pin on its provided map, manage their job description or their resume, and interact with a community of job searcher and employers worldwide. Bb&T has invested 0.09% in The Kroger Co. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $28.35.

Shares of Kroger closed Wednesday down over 6% at $26.23, with a consensus analyst price target of $29.23 and a 52-week trading range of $19.69 to $31.45. Therefore 46% are positive. Kroger has a 52 week low of $19.69 and a 52 week high of $31.45. (NYSE:SNAP) stock price started the day at $17.85 and moved between $ 17.81 - 18.51 to finally close at $18.02. Four analysts have made estimates for Kroger's earnings. Zacks downgraded The Kroger Co. The firm earned "Hold" rating on Wednesday, January 24 by BMO Capital Markets. The rating was maintained by Wells Fargo with "Buy" on Monday, June 12. The company recognized a $957 million benefit from tax reform in the fourth quarter, which included a one-time "re-measurement of deferred tax liabilities" and the impact of a reduced tax rate for the last few weeks of the 2017 fiscal year. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Monday, May 15 with "Buy".

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