Post Holdings Inc (POST) Shares Bought by Mason Street Advisors LLC

Mason Street Advisors LLC grew its stake in shares of Post Holdings Inc (NYSE:POST) by 1.2% in the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 35,360 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 432 shares during the quarter. Mason Street Advisors LLC’s holdings in Post were worth $3,868,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Morgan Stanley grew its holdings in shares of Post by 109.2% during the 3rd quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 215,150 shares of the company’s stock worth $21,093,000 after purchasing an additional 112,306 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Post by 4.1% during the 4th quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 5,805,430 shares of the company’s stock worth $517,437,000 after purchasing an additional 231,242 shares during the period. Gotham Asset Management LLC grew its holdings in shares of Post by 5,113.8% during the 4th quarter. Gotham Asset Management LLC now owns 199,532 shares of the company’s stock worth $17,784,000 after purchasing an additional 195,705 shares during the period. Smith Moore & CO. grew its holdings in shares of Post by 10.4% during the 4th quarter. Smith Moore & CO. now owns 6,570 shares of the company’s stock worth $586,000 after purchasing an additional 617 shares during the period. Finally, Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA grew its holdings in shares of Post by 1.2% during the 4th quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 328,570 shares of the company’s stock worth $29,286,000 after purchasing an additional 3,815 shares during the period. 95.19% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

In other Post news, Director Robert E. Grote sold 750 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $99.89, for a total value of $74,917.50. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 6,950 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $694,235.50. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 8.10% of the company’s stock.

A number of research firms have weighed in on POST. Wells Fargo & Co restated a “buy” rating on shares of Post in a report on Wednesday, May 8th. Zacks Investment Research cut Post from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 7th. BMO Capital Markets upped their price target on Post from $106.00 to $115.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Monday, May 6th. Goldman Sachs Group upgraded Post from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their price target for the stock from $107.00 to $134.00 in a report on Monday, May 6th. Finally, Pivotal Research restated a “buy” rating and issued a $125.00 price target on shares of Post in a report on Friday, May 3rd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $117.90.

NYSE POST opened at $109.20 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $8.01 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.76, a P/E/G ratio of 3.09 and a beta of 0.23. Post Holdings Inc has a fifty-two week low of $75.01 and a fifty-two week high of $113.73. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.95, a current ratio of 1.93 and a quick ratio of 1.08.

Post (NYSE:POST) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 2nd. The company reported $1.28 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.13 by $0.15. The firm had revenue of $1.39 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.42 billion. Post had a return on equity of 10.94% and a net margin of 4.15%. Post’s quarterly revenue was down 12.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.06 EPS. As a group, sell-side analysts forecast that Post Holdings Inc will post 5.05 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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About Post

Post Holdings, Inc operates as a consumer packaged goods holding company in the United States and internationally. It operates through Post Consumer Brands, Weetabix, Refrigerated Food, and Active Nutrition segments. The Post Consumer Brands segment manufactures, markets, and sells branded and private label ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal and hot cereal products.

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