Nature’s Sunshine Products (NATR) Upgraded to Hold at ValuEngine

ValuEngine upgraded shares of Nature’s Sunshine Products (NASDAQ:NATR) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday, April 15th, ValuEngine reports.

NASDAQ NATR traded down $0.04 during trading on Monday, hitting $9.70. 5,911 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 13,841. The firm has a market cap of $185.41 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 192.40 and a beta of 1.01. Nature’s Sunshine Products has a 12-month low of $6.12 and a 12-month high of $10.73.

Nature’s Sunshine Products (NASDAQ:NATR) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, March 7th. The company reported ($0.06) EPS for the quarter. Nature’s Sunshine Products had a negative net margin of 0.23% and a positive return on equity of 0.69%. The firm had revenue of $97.37 million for the quarter.

In other Nature’s Sunshine Products news, major shareholder Wynnefield Partners Small Cap acquired 5,834 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 12th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $9.52 per share, for a total transaction of $55,539.68. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Kristine F. Hughes sold 3,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $8.84, for a total transaction of $26,520.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 36,095 shares in the company, valued at approximately $319,079.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 9,000 shares of company stock valued at $78,540. 20.30% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Geode Capital Management LLC boosted its holdings in Nature’s Sunshine Products by 4.9% in the fourth quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 78,822 shares of the company’s stock worth $642,000 after purchasing an additional 3,648 shares during the last quarter. Nantahala Capital Management LLC raised its position in Nature’s Sunshine Products by 1.2% in the fourth quarter. Nantahala Capital Management LLC now owns 583,510 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,756,000 after acquiring an additional 6,703 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. raised its position in Nature’s Sunshine Products by 1.7% in the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 498,409 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,061,000 after acquiring an additional 8,302 shares during the period. Panagora Asset Management Inc. raised its position in Nature’s Sunshine Products by 35.9% in the third quarter. Panagora Asset Management Inc. now owns 32,002 shares of the company’s stock worth $280,000 after acquiring an additional 8,459 shares during the period. Finally, Wynnefield Capital Inc. raised its position in Nature’s Sunshine Products by 0.4% in the fourth quarter. Wynnefield Capital Inc. now owns 2,211,875 shares of the company’s stock worth $18,027,000 after acquiring an additional 9,421 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 75.46% of the company’s stock.

About Nature’s Sunshine Products

Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc, a natural health and wellness company, primarily engages in the manufacture and sale of nutritional and personal care products worldwide. It operates through four segments: NSP Americas; NSP Russia; Central and Eastern Europe; and NSP China. The company offers general health products related to blood sugar support, bone health, cellular health, cognitive function, joint health, mood, sexual health, sleep, sports and energy, and vision.

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