Crestpoint Capital Management buys $1,441,547 stake in The Kroger Co (KR)

The Kroger Co (KR) : Crestpoint Capital Management scooped up 21,000 additional shares in The Kroger Co during the most recent quarter end , the firm said in a disclosure report filed with the SEC on Oct 17, 2016. The investment management firm now holds a total of 46,100 shares of The Kroger Co which is valued at $1,441,547.The Kroger Co makes up approximately 0.75% of Crestpoint Capital Management’s portfolio.

Other Hedge Funds, Including , Gemmer Asset Management boosted its stake in KR in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 5 additional shares and now holds a total of 283 shares of The Kroger Co which is valued at $8,849.Daiwa Sb Investments Ltd. boosted its stake in KR in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 6,780 additional shares and now holds a total of 32,620 shares of The Kroger Co which is valued at $982,188. The Kroger Co makes up approx 0.26% of Daiwa Sb Investments Ltd.’s portfolio.First United Bank Trust reduced its stake in KR by selling 2,030 shares or 9.66% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 18,985 shares of KR which is valued at $551,514. The Kroger Co makes up approx 0.46% of First United Bank Trust’s portfolio.Washington Trust Bank reduced its stake in KR by selling 3,263 shares or 67.45% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 1,575 shares of KR which is valued at $45,423. The Kroger Co makes up approx 0.01% of Washington Trust Bank’s portfolio.

The Kroger Co opened for trading at $31.17 and hit $31.58 on the upside on Friday, eventually ending the session at $31.27, with a gain of 0.45% or 0.14 points. The heightened volatility saw the trading volume jump to 1,48,20,078 shares. Company has a market cap of $29,524 M.

On the company’s financial health, The Kroger Co reported $0.47 EPS for the quarter, beating the analyst consensus estimate by $ 0.02 according to the earnings call on Sep 9, 2016. Analyst had a consensus of $0.45. The company had revenue of $26565.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts expectations of $26719.72 million. The company’s revenue was up 4.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.44 EPS.

Investors should note that on Sep 15, 2016, The Kroger Co announced a cash dividend of $0.1200. The company’s management has announced Nov 11, 2016 as the ex-dividend date and fixed the record date on Nov 15, 2016. The payable date has been fixed on Dec 1, 2016.

Many Wall Street Analysts have commented on The Kroger Co. Shares were Reiterated by Telsey Advisory Group on Sep 12, 2016 to “Outperform” and Lowered the Price Target to $ 40 from a previous price target of $46 .Shares were Reiterated by RBC Capital Mkts on Sep 7, 2016 to “Sector Perform” and Lowered the Price Target to $ 37 from a previous price target of $39 .The Kroger Co was Upgraded by Goldman to ” Buy” on Jul 26, 2016.

The Kroger Co. (Kroger) operates retail food and drug stores multi-department stores jewelry stores and convenience stores throughout the United States. The Company also manufactures and processes some of the food for sale in its supermarkets. The Company operated either directly or through its subsidiaries approximately 2625 supermarkets and multi-department stores approximately 1330 of which had fuel centers. Approximately 48% of these supermarkets were operated in Company-owned facilities including some Company-owned buildings on leased land. The Company operates its 2640 supermarket and multi-department stores under banners including Kroger City Market Dillons Food 4 Less Fred Meyer Fry’s Harris Teeter Jay C King Soopers QFC Ralphs and Smith’s. Of these stores 1330 have fuel centers. The Company also operates 782 convenience stores either directly or through franchisees 326 fine jewelry stores and an online retailer.

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