Omega Protein Corporation (NYSE:OME) Under Analyst Spotlight

Previously Omega Protein Corp (NYSE:OME) reported $0.32 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.28 by $0.04 with surprise factor of 14.3%. Strs Ohio now owns 35,000 shares of the company's stock worth $701,000 after buying an additional 5,400 shares during the period. It also reduced its holding in Berkshire Hathaway Inc Del Cl (BRKA) by 8,975 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 1 shares, and cut its stake in Apple Computer Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL). Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 220,470 shares of the company's stock worth $3,946,000 after purchasing an additional 132,750 shares during the period. Finally, Teton Advisors Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Omega Protein during the first quarter worth about $876,000. The Massachusetts-based Fmr Ltd Llc has invested 0% in Omega Protein Corporation (NYSE:OME).

Investors are feeling more bearish on shares of the company recently if you take note of the change in short interest. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 145,525 shares of the company's stock worth $2,918,000 after buying an additional 23,474 shares during the period.

Omega Protein Corporation (NYSE:OME) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 2nd. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Omega Protein Corporation from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. The stock has a market capitalization of $495.33 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.43 and a beta of 0.28. The company's 50-day moving average price is $16.19 and its 200 day moving average price is $17.60. (OME), a nutritional product company and an integrated provider of specialty oils and specialty protein products, agreed to be acquired by Cooke Inc., a New Brunswick company and parent of Cooke Aquaculture Inc., for $22.00 per share in cash. The company had revenue of $93.90 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $87.44 million.

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08/31/2015 - BB&T Capital Markets began new coverage on Omega Protein Corporation giving the company a "hold" rating. Breaking that down further, it has performed 32.43% for the week, 39.12% for the month, 38.24% over the last quarter, 14.84% for the past half-year and -6.57% for this previous year. During the same quarter previous year, the business posted $0.40 EPS. Including today's unusual volume, Omega Protein Corporation's stock is performing at -11.98% on the year.

The company also recently announced a dividend for shareholders which was paid on Friday the 15th of September 2017. The days to cover increased to 2.0 and the percentage of shorted shares is 0.03% as of August 31. This represents a $0.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.20%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday the 23rd of August 2017. Wunderlich initiated the shares of OME in report on Thursday, April 28 with "Buy" rating. Pivotal Research lowered their target price on Omega Protein Corporation from $18.00 to $15.00 and set a "hold" rating for the company in a report on Friday, July 7th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, The stock now has a consensus rating of "Hold" and a consensus target price of $26.00. Bank of New York Mellon Corp owned 0.84% of Omega Protein Corporation worth $3,392,000 at the end of the most recent quarter. The Company operates through two segments: animal nutrition and human nutrition. The Company's animal nutrition segment consists of two subsidiaries: Omega Protein, Inc. It worsened, as 14 investors sold OME shares while 43 reduced holdings.

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