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How to buy United Natural Foods stock | $16.94

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United Natural Foods, Inc is a food distribution business based in the US. United Natural Foods shares (UNFI) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. United Natural Foods employs 28,300 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$26.5 billion.

How to buy shares in United Natural Foods

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for United Natural Foods. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: UNFI. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until United Natural Foods reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$16.94, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of United Natural Foods, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of United Natural Foods. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

United Natural Foods share price

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United Natural Foods shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market close USD$16.94
52-week range USD$5 - USD$23.38
50-day moving average USD$17.596
200-day moving average USD$17.1793
Wall St. target price USD$23.25
PE ratio N/A
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$-5.561

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Is it a good time to buy United Natural Foods stock?

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United Natural Foods price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $16.94 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-25) -5.73%
1 month (2020-11-06) 6.14%
3 months (2020-09-04) -5.20%
6 months (2020-06-05) -18.48%
1 year (2019-12-05) 79.64%
2 years (2018-12-04) -16.63%
3 years (2017-12-05) -65.78%
5 years (2015-12-04) -60.57%

Is United Natural Foods under- or over-valued?

Valuing United Natural Foods stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of United Natural Foods's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

United Natural Foods's PEG ratio

United Natural Foods's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.74. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into United Natural Foods's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

United Natural Foods's EBITDA

United Natural Foods's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$654 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a United Natural Foods's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

United Natural Foods financials

Revenue TTM USD$26.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 1.4%
Gross profit TTM USD$3.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.15%
Return on equity TTM -19.2%
Profit margin -1.03%
Book value $20.931
Market capitalisation USD$1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting United Natural Foods shares

There are currently 11.3 million United Natural Foods shares held short by investors – that's known as United Natural Foods's "short interest". This figure is 11.5% up from 10.2 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting United Natural Foods shares can be evaluated.

United Natural Foods's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

United Natural Foods's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of United Natural Foods shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of United Natural Foods shares traded daily (recently around 1.6 million). United Natural Foods's SIR currently stands at 7.27. In other words for every 100,000 United Natural Foods shares traded daily on the market, roughly 7270 shares are currently held short.

However United Natural Foods's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of United Natural Foods shares, or, against the total number of tradable United Natural Foods shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case United Natural Foods's short interest could be expressed as 0.21% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 United Natural Foods shares in existence, roughly 210 shares are currently held short) or 0.3186% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable United Natural Foods shares, roughly 319 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against United Natural Foods.

Find out more about how you can short United Natural Foods stock.

United Natural Foods share dividends

We're not expecting United Natural Foods to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have United Natural Foods's shares ever split?

United Natural Foods's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 20 April 2004. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your United Natural Foods shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for United Natural Foods shares which in turn could have impacted United Natural Foods's share price.

United Natural Foods share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, United Natural Foods's shares have ranged in value from as little as $5 up to $23.38. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

UNFI.US volatility(beta: 1.49)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while United Natural Foods's is 1.4926. This would suggest that United Natural Foods's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

United Natural Foods overview

United Natural Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, distributes natural, organic, specialty, produce, and conventional grocery and non-food products in the United States and Canada. It operates in two segments, Wholesale and Retail. The company offers grocery and general merchandise, produce, perishables and frozen foods, nutritional supplements and sports nutrition, bulk and foodservice products, and personal care items. It also distributes and merchandises natural and organic and gourmet ethnic products; conventional and organic produce and other fresh products; and organic fruits, vegetables, juices, milk, eggs, nuts, and coffee. In addition, the company is involved in importing, roasting, packaging, and distributing nuts, dried fruits, seeds, trail mixes, granola, natural and organic snack items, and confections. Further, it offers Blue Marble Brands products through wholesale segment, third-party distributors, and directly to retailers; and Field Day brand products primarily to customers through its independent channel. Additionally, the company provides general merchandise, home, health and beauty care, and pharmacy products, as well as private label products through a network of 71 Cub Foods and Shoppers retail grocery stores; professional services, such as retail store support, advertising, couponing, e-commerce, network and data hosting, and administrative back-office solutions; and marketing services comprising consumer and trade marketing programs, as well as programs to support suppliers in understanding its markets. The company serves chains, independent retailers, and supernatural chains, as well as foodservice, e-commerce, conventional military business, and other sales customers. United Natural Foods, Inc. was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island.

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