Market Analysts see The Kroger Co. [KR] gaining to $60. Time to buy?


The Kroger Co. [NYSE: KR] slipped around -0.3 points on Tuesday, while shares priced at $47.60 at the close of the session, down -0.63%. The company report on June 28, 2022 that Kroger Delivery Arrives in Pleasant Prairie.

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Kroger’s national fulfillment network expands with addition of Pleasant Prairie Customer Fulfillment Center.

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), America’s largest grocery retailer, today announced the official opening of the Customer Fulfillment Center (CFC) in the Village of Pleasant Prairie, WI, a city centrally located between Milwaukee and Chicago, powered by the Ocado Group (LSE: OCDO), engineering a model for the region, leveraging advanced robotics technology and creative solutions to redefine the customer experience for our customers in Wisconsin, northern Illinois, and northwest Indiana.

The Kroger Co. stock is now 5.17% up from its year-to-date (YTD) trading value. KR Stock saw the intraday high of $48.4727 and lowest of $47.44 per share. The company’s 52-week high price is 62.78, which means current price is +11.48% above from all time high which was touched on 04/08/22.

Compared to the average trading volume of 6.46M shares, KR reached a trading volume of 4231937 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

What do top market gurus say about The Kroger Co. [KR]?

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for KR shares is $55.43 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on KR stock is a recommendation set at 2.80. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Exane BNP Paribas have made an estimate for The Kroger Co. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Neutral, with their previous recommendation back on April 22, 2022. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, BofA Securities raised their target price from $61 to $75. The new note on the price target was released on April 08, 2022, representing the official price target for The Kroger Co. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $54 to $60, while Telsey Advisory Group kept a Outperform rating on KR stock. On March 01, 2022, analysts increased their price target for KR shares from 47 to 54.

The Average True Range (ATR) for The Kroger Co. is set at 1.33, with the Price to Sales ratio for KR stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 0.24. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 3.65, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 1.90. Price to Free Cash Flow for KR in the course of the last twelve months was 18.27 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 0.30.

How has KR stock performed recently?

The Kroger Co. [KR] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 0.78. With this latest performance, KR shares dropped by -5.61% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -1.08% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 24.25% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for KR stock in for the last two-week period is set at 42.19, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 42.62, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 42.31 for The Kroger Co. [KR]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 50.77, while it was recorded at 47.93 for the last single week of trading, and 48.05 for the last 200 days.

The Kroger Co. [KR]: Deeper insight into the fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and The Kroger Co. [KR] shares currently have an operating margin of +2.71 and a Gross Margin at +19.96. The Kroger Co.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +1.19.

Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 17.23, with Return on Assets sitting at 3.17.

The Kroger Co.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.30 and a Current Ratio set at 0.80.

Earnings analysis for The Kroger Co. [KR]

The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for KR. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for The Kroger Co. go to 6.89%.

Insider trade positions for The Kroger Co. [KR]

There are presently around $27,393 million, or 82.80% of KR stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of KR stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 81,040,589, which is approximately 2.611% of the company’s market cap and around 0.80% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 72,945,025 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $3.49 billion in KR stocks shares; and BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC, currently with $2.78 billion in KR stock with ownership of nearly -5.581% of the company’s market capitalization.

494 institutional holders increased their position in The Kroger Co. [NYSE:KR] by around 30,058,685 shares. Additionally, 500 investors decreased positions by around 49,715,348 shares, while 155 investors held positions by with 492,110,130 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 571,884,163 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. KR stock had 148 new institutional investments in for a total of 5,714,528 shares, while 93 institutional investors sold positions of 5,702,894 shares during the same period.