What Can Investors Expect From Hormel Foods (NYSE:HRL) Shares After Jefferies’s New Coverage?

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How Jefferies Currently Rates Hormel Foods (NYSE:HRL)

Stock analysts at Jefferies launched coverage on Hormel Foods (NYSE:HRL) with Buy rating. This was issued to clients in a note on Wednesday, 16 December.

From a total of 7 analysts covering Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) stock, 2 rate it a ”Buy”, 0 a “Sell”, and 6 a ”Hold”. This means that 25% of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is $80 while the lowest target price is $69. The mean of all analyst targets is $73.71 with a -12.68% below today’s ($79.21) stock price. Hormel Foods Corporation was the topic of 11 analyst reports since July 27, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. Deutsche Bank downgraded shares on December 14 to “Hold” rating. Zacks upgraded shares to “Hold” rating and $66 target share price in a report from an August 25. Stephens upgraded HRL stock in a recent report from November 25 to “Overweight” rating. Finally, BB&T Capital initiated the stock with “Hold” rating in a report issued on a September 9.

Approximately 700,135 shares of stock traded hands. Hormel Foods Corp (NYSE:HRL) has risen 39.38% since May 13, 2015 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 42.00% the S&P500.

The overall sentiment of institutions has increased to 1.35 in Q2 2015. Its up 0.35, from 1 in 2015Q2. The ratio improved, as 36 institutions have sold all the shares of Hormel Foods Corp that they owned while 128 funds have taken shares off the table. 51 funds have purchased shares for the first time while 170 added to their positions. These institutions now hold 95.63 million shares or 16.22% more than the 82.29 million shares they owned in 2015Q2.

The Fund Eclectica Asset Management Llp currently is holding shares equating to 10.69% of its total portfolio in Hormel Foods Corp representing a total of 28,960 shares. Another fund,Raub Brock Capital Management Lp, is holding a total of 249,879 shares equating to 5.34% of their holdings. Additionally, Grandfield & Dodd Llc has a 406,596 share stake in Hormel Foods Corp which represents 4.32% of their total portfolio. The Fund, Corecommodity Management Llc, based out of Connecticut, has also built up a stake in the stock, which represents a total of 4.27% of their total portfolio. Finally Mark Sheptoff Financial Planning Llc, a fund which is based in the state of Connecticut reported a total holdings of 74,350 shares.

Insider activity is a very important aspect to track on any stock. Going back to June 1, 2015, shareholders of Hormel Foods Corp have witnessed 0 insider purchases, and a total of 8 sales equating to a net activity of approximately $5.59 million . Binder Steven G sold 10,000 shares worth approximately $648,490. Lyons Lawrence C sold 200 shares worth approximately $12,276. Ettinger Jeffrey M sold 3,736 shares worth approximately $225,669. Murano Elsa A sold 2,262 shares worth approximately $130,110. The company insider Gentzler Roland G sold 7,389 shares worth $426,345.

Hormel Foods Corporation is a multinational maker and marketer of food and meat products. The company has a market cap of $20.62 billion.

According to Zacks Investment Research, “Hormel Foods Corporation is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded meat and food products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry. Products manufactured by the corporation include hams, bacon, sausages, franks, canned luncheon meats, stews, chilies, hash, meat spreads, shelf-stable microwaveable entrees, salsas and frozen processed foods. These selections are sold to retail, foodservice and wholesale operations under many well-established trademarks some include BLACK LABEL, CHI-CHI’S, DINTY MOORE, & HORMEL.”

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