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

NATION-NOW     Kroger rebounds with a $397M profit     
       Kroger rebounds with a $397M profit

NATION-NOW Kroger rebounds with a $397M profit Kroger rebounds with a $397M profit

Todd Asset Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Kroger Co (NYSE:KR) during the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This comprises robust core business results and remarkable fuel results, and an incremental contribution of $111 million to the UFCW Consolidated Pension Program in the third quarter.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on the company.

Kroger Co (NYSE KR) traded up $1.48 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $25.86. The company has a price-earnings ratio of 16.63 and a price-sales ratio of 0.21, the latter ranking higher than 82% of global competitors. The firm bought 628,320 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $12,604,000. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Kroger from a "sell" rating to a "hold" rating in a report on Monday, February 20th.

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Over the past 50 days, The Kroger Co. stock's 5.98% off of the high and 31.34% removed from the low.

Kroger (NYSE:KR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 30th. 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 company now has an average rating of "Hold" and an average target price of $29.10. Stephens initiated coverage on shares of Kroger in a report on Friday, August 11th. Telsey Advisory Group upped their target price on Kroger from $24.00 to $28.00 and gave the stock a "market perform" rating in a report on Friday. 3,371,541 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 12,108,404.

Highlights from the report include a 30 basis point improvement in gross margins to 22.4%, along with the increase in digital revenue from Kroger's ClickList service. The company expects full-year earnings between $1.74 and $1.79 per diluted share. Kroger posted earnings of 41 cents per share in last year's third quarter.

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Revenue rose 4.5% to $27.75bn while profit rose to $397m in the quarter ended November 4, up from $391m in the same period a year ago.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 1st. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, November 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.125 per share. Nineteen equities research 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. The third largest holder is Capital Research Global Investors, which now holds $1.34 billion worth of this stock and that ownership represents almost 5.78% of its market capitalization. Kroger presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $29.06. Kroger's dividend payout ratio is now 30.30%.

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