Herbalife Ltd. on Focus After Bearish Options Activity

 Herbalife Ltd. on Focus After Bearish Options Activity

In today’s session Herbalife Ltd. (HLF) recorded an unusually high (1,181) contracts volume of put trades. Someone, most probably a professional was a very active buyer of the January, 2017 put, expecting serious HLF decrease. With 1,181 contracts traded and 71084 open interest for the Jan, 17 contract, it seems this is a quite bearish bet. The option with symbol: HLF170120P00045000 closed last at: $1.29 or 7.5% up. About 522,670 shares traded hands. Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) has declined 12.42% since April 25, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 18.43% the S&P500.

Analysts await Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) to report earnings on February, 23. They expect $0.92 earnings per share, down 22.69% or $0.27 from last year’s $1.19 per share. HLF’s profit will be $86.23M for 13.65 P/E if the $0.92 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.21 actual earnings per share reported by Herbalife Ltd. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -23.97% negative EPS growth.

Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) Ratings Coverage

Out of 3 analysts covering Herbalife (NYSE:HLF), 2 rate it a “Buy”, 0 “Sell”, while 1 “Hold”. This means 67% are positive. Herbalife has been the topic of 10 analyst reports since August 6, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. The stock of Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) has “Overweight” rating given on Tuesday, August 4 by Barclays Capital. The company was initiated on Tuesday, July 21 by Sterne Agee CRT. The stock of Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) earned “Hold” rating by Zacks on Friday, August 7. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Thursday, August 27 by Pivotal Research. Vetr downgraded Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) rating on Friday, August 7. Vetr has “Buy” rating and $54.88 price target. Pivotal Research maintained Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) on Tuesday, August 4 with “Buy” rating. The stock of Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) earned “Buy” rating by Pivotal Research on Wednesday, November 4. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Monday, August 31 by Vetr.

According to Zacks Investment Research, “Herbalife is a global network marketing company offering a range of science-based weight management products, nutritional supplements and personal care products intended to support weight loss and a healthy lifestyle.”

Insitutional Activity: The institutional sentiment decreased to 0.95 in Q2 2016. Its down 0.34, from 1.29 in 2016Q1. The ratio dived, as 23 funds sold all Herbalife Ltd. shares owned while 71 reduced positions. 39 funds bought stakes while 82 increased positions. They now own 87.76 million shares or 3.47% less from 90.91 million shares in 2016Q1.
Nine Masts Cap has 10,130 shares for 0.14% of their US portfolio. Victory Cap Inc accumulated 0% or 17,361 shares. Blackrock Institutional Na last reported 1.74M shares in the company. Hutchin Hill Cap Lp last reported 20,500 shares in the company. Deutsche Retail Bank Ag holds 810,310 shares or 0.03% of its portfolio. Aristotle Cap Boston Llc last reported 65,308 shares in the company. Checchi Cap Advisers Llc has 0% invested in the company for 524 shares. Moreover, Allianz Asset Management Ag has 0% invested in Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) for 4,300 shares. Renaissance Lc holds 0.35% of its portfolio in Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) for 3.16M shares. Tudor Inv Corp Et Al last reported 0.04% of its portfolio in the stock. M&T Retail Bank Corporation accumulated 0% or 5,510 shares. Legal General Grp Incorporated Plc reported 338,432 shares or 0.02% of all its holdings. Royal Bancorporation Of Canada holds 476,287 shares or 0.02% of its portfolio. Eagle Boston Inv Mngmt owns 97,275 shares or 0.77% of their US portfolio. Grt Prtnrs Lc has 7,848 shares for 0.11% of their US portfolio.

Herbalife Ltd. is a global nutrition company. The company has a market cap of $4.71 billion. The Firm develops and sells weight management, healthy meals and snacks, sports and fitness, energy and targeted nutritional products, as well as personal care products. It has a 17.68 P/E ratio. The Company’s divisions include North America; Mexico; South & Central America; Europe, Middle East, and Africa ; Asia Pacific, and China.

HLF Company Profile

Herbalife Ltd., incorporated on April 4, 2002, is a global nutrition company. The Firm develops and sells weight management, healthy meals and snacks, sports and fitness, energy and targeted nutritional products, as well as personal care products. The Company’s divisions include North America; Mexico; South & Central America; Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific, and China. The Firm markets and sells over 140 products, encompassing approximately 5,000 stock keeping units (SKUs) globally.

More important recent Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) news were published by: Valuewalk.com which released: “What Happened To Herbalife Ltd. (HLF) Director and Audit Chair Richard Bermingham?” on November 21, 2016, also Valuewalk.com published article titled: “John Oliver Roasts MLMs Calls Herbalife”, Wsj.com published: “Herbalife CEO to Step Down as COO Takes Reins” on November 01, 2016. More interesting news about Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) was released by: Valuewalk.com and their article: “Herbalife Ltd. Shares Slip After Earnings Beat, Net Sales Miss” with publication date: November 01, 2016.

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