BidaskClub Upgrades Sanderson Farms (SAFM) to "Buy"

Rafferty Asset Management Llc bought 6,878 shares as the company's stock rose 21.33% with the market.

Other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. The stock has a market cap of $3,000.65, a P/E ratio of 10.73 and a beta of 0.47.

On 7/28/2016 Sanderson Farms announced a quarterly dividend of $0.22 1% with an ex dividend date of 8/5/2016 which will be payable on 8/23/2016. About 335,119 shares traded. Sanderson Farms Inc ESOP is the second biggest holder with 2 million shares now valued at 152.91 million whilst Dimensional Fund Advisors, Inc. has 1 million shares valued at 239.33 million. It has outperformed by 16.31% the S&P500.

On 8/30/2017 Fred L Banks Jr, Director, sold 3,000 with an average share price of $144.11 per share and the total transaction amounting to $432,330.00. The company reported $3.20 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $3.50 by ($0.30). Redmile Group Llc who had been investing in Icu Med Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $4.46B market cap company. Stock traders bought 1,245 call options on the stock. Compared with the first quarter of 2017, average prices of the company's retail tray pack products were approximately 2.1% higher, boneless breast meat prices were approximately 2.8% lower, bulk leg quarters increased by approximately 15.9% and jumbo wing prices were 9.0% lower. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. ICU Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICUI) has risen 61.84% since February 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 87.92% the S&P500. Another trade for 21,252 shares valued at $5.77M was made by SOLOMON DAVID M on Monday, January 29. Southernsun Asset Management Llc, a Tennessee-based fund reported 1.30 million shares. (NYSE:GS) was sold by SALAME PABLO J. Fny Managed Accounts Limited Liability Corporation has 168 shares for 0.04% of their portfolio.

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Investors sentiment decreased to 0.87 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.33, from 1.08 in 2017Q2. It worsened, as 48 investors sold Monday shares while 342 reduced holdings. State Bank Of Ny Mellon reported 29,309 shares. (NASDAQ:ICUI). New York-based Pinebridge Invests Limited Partnership has invested 0.03% in ICU Medical, Inc. (NYSE:GS) for 1,500 shares. Scout reported 0.22% of its portfolio in ICU Medical, Inc. The correct version of this story can be viewed at 274,146 are owned by Origin Asset Mngmt Ltd Liability Partnership. Salem Inv Counselors Inc owns 550 shares. (NYSE:GS). Gabelli Funds Ltd Liability Company holds 34,600 shares or 0.05% of its portfolio. 4,856 are owned by Excalibur Mngmt. 321.42 million shares or 4.04% more from 308.94 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Covington Capital Mgmt reported 519 shares.

6,413 were accumulated by Raymond James Financial Ser Advisors. Citigroup Inc reported 41,654 shares. 67,363 are owned by Commonwealth Equity Service.

Among 5 analysts covering ICU Medical (NASDAQ:ICUI), 3 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 2 Hold. Therefore 24% are positive. On Friday, April 21 the stock rating was upgraded by Atlantic Securities to "Overweight". The firm earned "Hold" rating on Friday, August 11 by BMO Capital Markets. (NASDAQ:SAFM) on Friday, December 15 with "Hold" rating. Jefferies maintained Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (NYSE:GNK) rating on Wednesday, July 27. Barclays reiterated an "equal weight" rating and issued a $150.00 target price (up previously from $136.00) on shares of Sanderson Farms in a research report on Thursday, December 14th.

Sanderson Farms Inc. reported this week that net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 were $771.9 million, compared with $688.3 million for the same period a year ago. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. lifted its stake in Sanderson Farms by 6.6% in the 3rd quarter. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Sanderson Farms from a "buy" rating to a "sell" rating in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Therefore 52% are positive. Sanderson Farms Inc. had 36 analyst reports since August 26, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Stratos Wealth Prns Ltd owns 0.01% invested in Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ SAFM) opened at $133.41 on Tuesday. On Thursday, December 3 the stock rating was upgraded by CLSA to "Outperform". The firm has "Underweight" rating by JP Morgan given on Friday, October 6. The rating was upgraded by Sidoti on Monday, December 12 to "Buy". BMO Capital Markets maintained Sanderson Farms, Inc. The stock has "Buy" rating by H.C. Wainwright on Friday, August 11. They set a sector weight rating for the company. The firm has "Buy" rating by Robert W. Baird given on Monday, September 25. (NYSE:SNAP) on Tuesday, August 15 to "Overweight" rating. OxFORD Asset Management LLP acquired a new stake in shares of Sanderson Farms in the second quarter valued at $227,000.

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Analysts await Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM). Teachers Retirement Of The State Of Kentucky accumulated 7,400 shares or 0.01% of the stock. 1,371 shares valued at $198,771 were sold by MOONEY DIANNE on Wednesday, August 30.

Since August 25, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 3 selling transactions for $883,679 activity.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.86 in Q3 2017. (NASDAQ:IPWR). Wells Fargo Mn holds 8,000 shares or 0% of its portfolio. 32 funds opened positions while 87 raised stakes. 13,200 are held by Regentatlantic Cap Llc. Parallax Volatility Advisers LP invested in 0% or 39 shares. They expect $-0.17 earnings per share, up 41.38% or $0.12 from last year's $-0.29 per share. Pacad Limited stated it has 18,300 shares. Credit Suisse Ag holds 63,061 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Awm Investment Communication holds 811,635 shares. It increased, as 13 investors sold Education Realty Trust, Inc. shares while 56 reduced holdings. (NASDAQ:SAFM). Putnam Invs holds 30,038 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. After $3.20 actual EPS reported by Sanderson Farms, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -62.19% negative EPS growth.

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