Heinz (KHC) Given Consensus Rating of "Hold" by Analysts

Analysts await The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC) to report earnings on May, 2 after the close. On Monday, October 23 Stifel Nicolaus maintained the shares of KHC in report with "Buy" rating. Piper Jaffray also issued estimates for Heinz's Q2 2018 earnings at $0.98 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.95 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $3.90 EPS. Instead, they should also do their own research-such as reading the prospectus for new companies or for public companies, the quarterly and annual reports filed with the SEC-to confirm whether a particular investment is appropriate for them in light of their individual financial circumstances.

Recently, In a research report sent to clients and investors on Wednesday morning, Kraft Heinz (NASDAQ:KHC) shares have had their Overweight Rating reaffirmed by stock analysts at Morgan Stanley, who now has a $73 target on firm. Jefferies Group began coverage on Heinz in a research report on Friday, January 19th.

Analysts assigned consensus rating of 2. The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC) finalized the Tuesday at price of $61.69 after traded 4436925 shares. BMO Capital Markets maintained it with "Market Perform" rating and $74 target in Tuesday, February 20 report. The stock of The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC) has "Buy" rating given on Tuesday, February 20 by UBS. On Monday, February 26 the stock of The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC) has "Buy" rating given by Credit Suisse. Cipher Capital LP now owns 77,273 shares of the company's stock valued at $5,992,000 after purchasing an additional 39,859 shares in the last quarter.

Shares of KHC opened at $60.79 on Monday. Outstanding shares refer to a company's stock now held by all its shareholders, including share blocks held by institutional investors and restricted shares owned by the company's officers and insiders. The stock exhibited 2.20% change to a low over the previous 12 months and manifested move of -35.25% to a high over the same period.

Heinz (NASDAQ:KHC) last posted its earnings results on Friday, February 16th. The stock has a market capitalization of $111.49 billion, a P/E ratio of 32.60 and a beta of 0.42. In looking the SMA 200 we see that the stock has seen a -4.91%.The Company's net profit margin for the 12 months at 3.70%. The company earned $6.86 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $6.73 billion. To get more accurate idea of the relative valuation of a company, we need to consider the P/E ratio in conjunction with the future earnings per share growth rate.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in KHC. Cipher Capital LP lifted its holdings in Heinz by 106.5% in the 3rd quarter.

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Earnings per share is the portion of a company's profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock.

Greywolf Capital Management Lp holds 7.95% of its portfolio in Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. for 1.24 million shares. Profund Advisors LLC grew its position in shares of Heinz by 0.9% during the 4th quarter. FMR LLC raised its position in Kraft Heinz by 8.6% in the fourth quarter. On the other side it is not a negative indicator for Investor portfolio value - when the price of a stock Investor owns moves down in value. Long-term investors should review current trend forecasts and yearly or five-year trend graphs to understand whether the stock is bearish or bullish or to determine whether the company is performing well.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 23rd. Investors of record on Friday, March 9th were given a dividend of $0.625 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, March 8th. On a Monthly basis the stock is -4.94%. Heinz's dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 70.42%.

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The Kraft Heinz Company manufactures and markets food and beverage products in the United States, Canada, Europe, and internationally. The Company is engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of food and beverage products, including condiments and sauces, cheese and dairy, meals, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee and other grocery products.

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