US Foods Holding Corp. (USFD): Start Paying Attention to Revised Ratings

US Foods Holding Corp. (USFD) shares saw a recent bid of $29.96 and 2.03M shares have exchanged hands in the recent trading session, yielding a 1.73% gain over the past week. The stock price increased 0.13% or $-0.04 versus $29.92 at the end of the prior session. This change led market cap to move at $6.60B, putting the price -0.13% below the 52-week high and 35.02% above the 52-week low. The company’s stock has a normal trading capacity of 1.24M shares while the relative volume is 1.64.

To stay one step ahead we extended our research by comparing different price targets. The stock notched a 12-month high of $31.31 while $35.00 target is by far the most aggressive out of analysts who are currently evaluating the company, $3.69 higher than the next highest 52-week price estimate. The lowest 12-month price target for the shares is $29.00, which would be decrease of about -3% of its current value. The mean target of $32.00 should be compared with the price when the stock was languishing around $22.19 a share. And it remains to be seen which target price USFD can achieve without sacrificing much as the company is holding a 19.89% gain for the past twelve months.

By historical standards, US Foods Holding Corp. remains a cheap stock. The company’s current price-earnings ratio amounts to 30.54 times earnings, below the average P/E ratio of 42.11 times earnings. For now, US Foods Holding Corp. is the toast of Wall Street as its ABR stands at 2.20 with 5 out of 14 analysts rating the stock a buy. Over the short term, some market observers may have noticed that US Foods Holding Corp. has a 0.77% short float with 15 days to cover. It becomes significant when you consider how many shares are shorted versus the average daily volume, means how many days to cover those short shares at that volume. US Foods Holding Corp. has far performed well this year, with the share price up 9.02% since January. Over the past 2 quarters, the stock is up 29.08%, compared with a gain of nearly 8.47% for 3 months and about 5.72% for the past 30 days.

Last time, the company shocked Wall Street by reporting EPS of $0.18, smashing the consensus of $0.18 per share. Revenue for the quarter also killed consensus, coming in at $5.79B, compared to the consensus of 5.66B. Nonetheless, from here on out, earnings per share forecasts for the current quarter are $0.37. The company is expected to report EPS as high as $0.39 and as low as $0.34 per share. Similarly, full-year EPS forecasts have ranged between $1.30 and $1.38. The mean EPS estimate is $1.34. On the other side, sales forecasts for the current quarter are $6.02B. The stock is expected to report revenue as high as $6.1B and as low as $5.95B per share. Similarly, full-year sales forecasts have ranged between $23.48B and $23.91B. The mean revenue estimate is $23.72B.

Over the last 5 years, US Foods Holding Corp. has averaged a  YoY EPS growth rate and a  revenue growth rate. Analysts are expecting EPS growth rates to be at 31.10% this quarter and EPS estimate for next year reflect 27.44% growth rate.

Sell-side analysts also have something to say about this company. Loop Capital analysts stated on 16/05/2017 that they launched coverage on this stock with Hold rating. Pivotal Research Group analysts stated on 10/05/2017 that they maintained their Hold rating. Goldman raised its rating on US Foods Holding Corp. to Buy on 09/12/2016 in a reversal from its prior Neutral rating. Guggenheim analysts stated on 21/06/2016 that they launched coverage on this stock with Buy rating.

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